Adult Day Health Services

Iona’s adult day health services provide your older family members with individualized therapeutic, social, and health services during the day. We offer compassionate care and a friendly community at our Wellness & Arts Center in Tenleytown, Northwest DC. Opening this fall, Iona is opening a second location in Congress Heights, Southeast, DC—to be named The Washington Home Center. 

 

“Many people see only the things someone with dementia or physical challenges can’t do. We see all the things they CAN do.”
– Sharon O’Connor, Wellness & Arts Center Director 

 


Program Details

Adult day health services provide the best of both worlds when it comes to care options for your family member. Older adults with cognitive or physical challenges benefit from the company of peers, enriching and lively activities, and close attention from compassionate health professionals. At the same time, they’re also able to return to the comforts and familiarities of their homes every evening. Meanwhile, family caregivers benefit by taking a break and regrouping, all with the knowledge that their family member is not bored or lonely at home all day.

We provide stimulating activities, socialization, a nutritious and well-balanced lunch, and nursing supervision for older adults with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, intellectual disabilities, and other challenges.

Cost

Adult day health services provide care at a significantly lower cost than other long-term care services in the area. A Genworth report on long-term care costs found that adult day health services are the least expensive option in Washington, DC.

We have a variety of payment options and financial assistance. Options include Medicaid waivers where appropriate, VA benefits, private pay, and sliding scale subsidies. A staff member will meet with your family to discuss your specific financial circumstances.

 


Activities

Designing a calendar of enriching activities—tailored to the meet the needs of all our participants—is at the forefront of our work. Our calendar of activities:

  • Meets the diverse interests of our participants. If you’re spending the day with us, you should be enjoying it! That’s why we often offer multiple activities at the same time. Participants can choose what interests them. Staff is always there to help those who need encouragement or guidance. When participants first join our program, we’ll have a conversation about their likes and dislikes so that we can make sure our calendar has something everyone can look forward to.
  • Supports a range of cognitive and physical abilities. We want everyone in our community to enjoy our programs. That means that no matter their ability, they’re always welcome to participate. Our experienced team can accommodate or modify any activity so that all participants can join in safely.
  • Encourages contributions from all members of our community. We firmly believe that everyone has something they can share with our community, no matter how shy or reluctant they are to participate. It can be a story, song, piece of artwork, handshake, or even smile.
  • Helps prevent cognitive and physical decline. Everything we do is in support of our participant’s health. That’s why we start our mornings with daily exercise and stretching to address cardiovascular disease and diabetes. And to keep brains healthy and active, we have creative writing, mindfulness & meditation, word games, discussions, touch-screen computer games, puzzles, and more.

Contact Information

Wellness & Arts Center
4125 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-895-9448
Fax: 202-895-0245
Email: info@iona.org

Program hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

The Washington Home Center  – Coming Soon!
3303 Stanton Rd. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-948-2057
Fax: 202-895-0245
Email: info@iona.org

Program hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Inclement weather policy:

Both adult day health centers follow DC Public Schools closures and weather delays. When DC Public Schools have a delayed opening, the Wellness & Arts Center and The Washington Home Center will start at a delayed time.

Visit Our Program

The best way to understand our program is to see it yourself! We invite you to learn more and schedule a visit at one of our locations. Come meet our compassionate staff, enjoy our enriching activities, and see firsthand the difference spending the day with Iona makes in the lives of our participants.

For more information, please call us at 202-895-9448, or use our contact form to send an email inquiry.


Other common activities include pet visits, poetry corner, children’s visits, baking, yoga, educational lectures, and field trips to museums, Frederick Douglass’ home, Botanic Gardens, and the cherry blossoms. Download a sample calendar of activities.

Visit Our Program

The best way to understand our program is to see it yourself! We invite you to learn more and schedule a visit of our Tenleytown location. We do not currently offer tours of our Congress Heights site, which will open in 2020. Come meet our compassionate staff, enjoy our enriching activities, and see firsthand the difference spending the day with Iona makes in the lives of our participants.

For more information, please call us at 202-895-9448, or use our contact form to send an email inquiry.