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Syracuse's Only Dementia-Specific Day Program
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     Admission Criteria
     Program Highlights
     Sample Schedule


    Since 1987, the Kirkpatrick Day Program has provided high quality care in a safe and secure environment located near Downtown Syracuse. Day services like ours provide reliable support and care to its participants, while enhancing the overall quality of life for caregivers.

    Our staff of trained dementia care professionals designs activities based on the individual needs and interests of the participant, with the goal of stimulating cognition and maintaining memory. Simply put: Caring Is Our Passion.

    Contact the day program at (315) 472-4204 or by email.


    The Kirkpatrick Day Program difference:

    Most adult day services are open to any older adult that wishes to attend. Admission to the Kirkpatrick Day Program is reserved for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, including Pick’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke-related or vascular dementia, and Huntington’s disease. A doctor’s diagnosis is not required for attending, however we encourage anyone who suspects that dementia affects them or their loved one to consult a medical professional.


    Fees (effective July 1, 2014)

    Extended Day (more than 7 hours per day): $70*
    Full Day (4 to 7 hours per day): $67
    Half Day with meal (less than 4 hours per day): $45
    Half Day without meal (less than 4 hours per day): $40

    *Our extended day rate more accurately reflects the cost of providing care beyond an average day of seven hours of care. We know that our average program participant attends between six to hours hours per day. This change in rates provides better options for families that require an extended day, while keeping our average daily charge competitive and meeting our expenses.

    Grants may be available from the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services and other sources for those who apply and qualify. For more information on financial assistance, call (315) 472-4204.


    Admission Criteria

    The Kirkpatrick Day Program is a social adult day program. By providing both mentally and physically stimulating activities with peers outside their home, participants benefit from a social, interactive atmosphere. Studies have shown that social day programs prolong the quality of life of its participants while delaying the potential need for skilled nursing care. Regulated by the state of New York,  our attendees must meet all of the following criteria in order to attend:

    • Medical conditions that are stable and do not require medical supervision during program attendance
    • Free of communicable disease
    • Require limited assistance from staff to remain continent
    • Require limited assistance with ambulation
    • Able to eat independently or with minimal assistance
    • Behaviors which are safely managed in a group environment; are not at risk of injury to self or others
    • Able to benefit from a therapeutic activity program and from group socialization
    • Able to take medication on their own with staff supervision

    The staff recommends a family tour and guest visit prior to enrollment. Contact the Kirkpatrick Day Program at (315) 472-4204 or by email to learn more.


    Program Highlights

    The Kirkpatrick Day Program provides:

    • Active schedule with regularly changing programs to challenge the mind and keep participants engaged
    • Convenient location near Downtown Syracuse, Inner Harbor, and Destiny USA
    • Secured and safe indoor and outdoor areas
    • Therapeutic programs to stimulate non-verbal expression
    • Stimulating activities tailored to the interests of the participants
    • Multiple activity programs running at one time to provide choices to participants
    • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack
    • Caring staff trained to meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias
    • Supervision with medications
    • Assistance with personal care and toileting
    • Beautician services (at an additional cost)



    Activities are based upon each individual’s interests and abilities. Our goal is to help the person remain as active and independent as possible, as well as promote purpose and self-worth in the face of the diagnosis. Activities include:

    • Arts & crafts, including age-appropriate seasonal and holiday-themed projects
    • Low-impact exercise program, including Zumba Gold
    • Reminiscing activities to evoke positive memories
    • Recreational programs: bowling, horseshoes, bingo, etc.
    • Games to enhance short- and long-term memory
    • Exploring lifelong interests and abilities, including cooking, household activities, gardening, and music
    • Musical programs and sing-a-longs
    • Outings to local events, parks and attractions
    • Visits from pets, musicians, and other community groups


    Sample Schedule

    7:30 a.m.
    Day program opens
    Breakfast served, current events discussion, crosswords, table games

    9 a.m.
    Word games to stimulate cognition

    10 a.m.
    Group activities that focus on participant strengths, abilities and lifelong interests (arts and crafts, baking, cooking, card games, and recreational activities); Zumba Gold (Fridays); massage therapy (Mondays)

    11 a.m.
    Exercise program

    11:30 a.m.
    Word games to stimulate cognition


    1 p.m.
    Music and sing-a-longs; piano player or guest entertainers;  movement therapy (Tuesdays); music therapy (Thursdays)

    1:30 p.m.
    Word games to stimulate cognition

    2 p.m.
    Group activities that focus on participant strengths, abilities and lifelong interests

    3 p.m.

    3:30 p.m.
    Recreational games, or movement therapy (Wednesdays)

    4:30 p.m.
    Reminiscing programs

    5:30 p.m.
    Day program closes


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