As a favor to his daughter, Frank Sands said he “would try” Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wyckoff.
“He wasn’t receptive to going at first,” says Jayne McLaughlin, Mr. Sands’ daughter. “My mother had passed away, so now he lives by himself. I knew that he needed to get out of his house and be with other people. I had heard about Christian Health Care Center’s program and thought it would be good for him.”
That was 1 ½ years ago. Today, the 95-year-old attends Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wyckoff five days a week. Thanks to his outgoing personality he’s made many friends and has endeared himself to the staff.
“Everyone is so wonderful here,” says the Elmwood Park resident. “Everyone made me feel at home when I first started.”
Mr. Sands was born and raised in Passaic. He met his wife Muriel while working as an usher at the New Montauk Theater in Passaic.
“It was love at first sight,” he says. “She was gorgeous.”
The Sands moved to Elmwood Park shortly after they were married. Mr. Sands joined the U.S. Army in 1942. Throughout his four years of service he was stationed in Guam, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Upon discharge, he became clerk in the Passaic post office, a position he held for 35 years. After he retired he was able to devote more time to his favorite hobby – stamp collecting, of course!
At Christian Health Care Adult Day Services, which has a second location in Wayne, Mr. Sands enjoys reminiscing about bygone eras with the other clients. In addition to the social aspect of the program, clients also benefit from medical care, nutrition services, activities, pastoral care, exercise, and door-to-door van transportation. An individualized care plan, with input from the client’s personal physician, is developed upon admission so individuals receive the maximum benefit from the program. Medicaid is accepted. Financial assistance is also available through such programs as the Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled, Respite Care, state Gerontology Alzheimer’s Program, Veterans Administration, and long-term care insurance.
“There’s no place nicer than Christian Health Care Adult Days Services,” Mr. Sands says.
For more information about Christian Health Care Adult Day Services, call (201) 848-4463, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ChristianHealthCare.org.