A Caring Environment
Each weekday, Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly opens its doors to welcome older adults.
In its three locations in central DuPage County, seniors some with cognitive or physical limitations find a place where they can pursue hobbies and friendships, or enjoy activities and discussions.
The nonprofit adult day-care program, commonly called ESSE, aims to help older adults make the most of their days and themselves.
"The word esse in Latin means to be," said Carol Minix, special projects administrator. "We strive to provide older adults opportunities to be all they can be."
Minix discusses ESSE and the way it strives to help older adults.
Q. What is your mission?
A. To provide adult care options that promote the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of older adults and their families.
Q. How does ESSE work toward that goal?
A. Our goal is to provide a schedule of stimulating experiences, accommodating those with cognitive or physical limitations.
We also provide a welcome change for the person who is in need of socialization. We have a professional staff and volunteers who support and encourage participation in activities.
We give family members time to maintain their personal schedules, knowing that their loved one is in a safe, caring environment, and an alternative to placement in long-term care facilities.
Recognizing that each person is unique, a variety of activities are offered to
provide meaningful participation. To that end, we provide active floor and table games, chair exercise, relaxation time, music and singing, arts and crafts, current events, topical and devotional discussions.
We also program activities that address special events, holidays, birthdays, intergenerational visits, pet therapy and outings.
Q. Whom do you serve?
A. We have clients from DuPage and Will counties. Most of our clients have some sort of need, whether it is physical or cognitive, with some as young as their 40s and others approaching 100 years old.
Q. When and why did ESSE start? …