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Posted on : 01 Feb 2022 | No Comments

Adult Day Services/Memory Care

In 2015 reports by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Rock County’s population of individuals age 85 and over is expected to increase 120% (3,310-7,310) by 20401. In a similar report, the number of individuals in the state of Wisconsin with dementia is expected to increase 110% by 2040 (115,000-242,000)2. As the number of seniors in our community continues to increase, families are often faced with how to secure more affordable care for a functionally impaired relative who may not be ready for long term care placement.

Many of those families are referred to KANDU’s adult daycare program, the only adult daycare certified by the state of Wisconsin in Rock County.  KANDU offers an activities-based program that emphasizes improvement in physical, mental, and social well-being through expert care and an understanding of each participant’s individual abilities.  While the program provides a safe homelike atmosphere for those who are experiencing age related barriers, it is not limited to serving only an aging population.  “The clients under our care may experience barriers related to intellectual disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, autism, epilepsy, mental illness, addiction, and visual impairments, said KANDU Client Services Director Julie Smith. “Today, they range in age from 26 to 84 but statistics are clear that our ongoing plans to prepare for an increase in demand from an aging population are timely.”

Adult daycare programs like KANDU offer companionship from staff, volunteers, and fellow participants; mentally stimulating activities such as board games, crafts, and music; physical activities like walking or dancing; and quality, nutritious meals. Carmen Jones manages KANDU’s adult daycare program.  “We observe an elevation in overall mood and physical wellbeing with our clients that is directly related to activity,” said Carmen.  “In 2021 we took nearly 100-day trips on the KANDU bus, visiting local and regional community venues like the library, parks, shopping, and the movie theatre.  When this level of activity isn’t an option due to physical or intellectual barriers, we work on simple skills.  Beverly’s memory is declining, and she is no longer able to do a lot of the activities she used to do so we work on less complex skills such as pulling out her chair or wiping down a table. While these may not seem significant, accomplishing simple goals to maintain existing abilities is very important.”

Activity is clearly enjoyed by the clients, as well as the relationships they build with other clients and staff.  When asked what he likes most about KANDU’s daycare program, Donald replied “Games, walking, eating and Carmen!”

Adult daycare programs also provide much needed respite for family caregivers. In an AARP report Caregiving in the U.S. 20203  research indicates that while many caregivers feel their role has given them a sense of purpose or meaning, these positive emotions often coexist with feelings of stress with caregivers reporting physical, emotional, and financial strain.

Jerry attended KANDU daycare for nearly four years. Jerry’s wife, Rosemary said, “Often times, I would race to do my errands and rely on my friends and family.  I can’t just leave him, even to go outside and do yardwork for fear he may fall. When I decided on KANDU, I felt it was definitely the best place for him and a totally wonderful option for someone who needs a bit of respite.”

Clients and caregivers interested in exploring KANDU’s adult daycare program as an option for themselves or their loved ones are invited to tour the facility and spend time with KANDU staff to evaluate whether KANDU is the best option for them. The onboarding process typically includes a physical, completion of an intake packet, and a questionnaire regarding their leisure interests which is used to develop a personalized plan for each individual. 

1Wisconsin Department of Health Services 2015, County Population Projections Through 2040, Accessed 31 January 2022 <>

2 Wisconsin Department of Health Services 2015, Dementia Care System Redesign Data: Estimated and Projected Wisconsin Dementia Population,  Accessed 31 January 2022

3 AARP Family CaregivingTM  2020, Caregiving in the U.S., Accessed 31 January 2022 <>