After many months of having our doors closed, Kauai Adult Day Health Center’s team members were ecstatic when we were notified that we would be able to open up in mid-August. The hard work of cleaning, sanitizing, building partitions, and revamping the program to a social – distance environment was like playtime for the team as we readied the center for the opening day.
Previously, “Mark’s” days were long and drawn out and his wife began to notice that he was declining both physically and emotionally. He commented on how he missed his dear friends at the center and wondered if it would ever reopen. The Kauai Adult Day Health Center’s team also missed the clients and decided to offer a virtual program. With much excitement, Mark participated in the program from home and never missed a day. When the news came that the center will be able to partially open and a few clients would be able to attend in person, the anticipation turned to anxiety with the possibility that he would not be “chosen.” With the biggest smile and happiest mood (despite his chronic pain), Mark was one of the first clients to walk through the door on the first reopening day. He made gains physically, mentally, and emotionally and even his wife got better as she was then able to care for her own needs.
Hearing the laughs and seeing the smiles by way of squinting eyes as the masks shield the once infectious smiles, it is so joyous to witness and experience the engagement of the clients and the Kauai Adult Day Health Center’s team members. We are so grateful that we have the opportunity to serve our island community in such a way that truly reflects the aloha spirit and our mission of “caring for our kupuna”!