Sarah's Place Adult Day Health Center


Sarah’s Place has a Proud Tradition!
Long recognized for their dedication to the community’s elders, Bethany Community Services, Penacook Place and the Haverhill YMCA joined together to develop Sarah’s Place. With their guidance and expertise, and the financial support of the George C. Wadleigh Foundation, Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center opened in 2000. We offer a safe, nurturing environment that allows participants to obtain the daily support they require while remaining in their own homes.

Sarah’s Place is committed to keeping individuals healthy, active and in the community. We cater our program to each client’s unique interests and abilities.

Why consider an adult day health program?
Sarah’s Place offers a planned program of activities designed to promote well-being though social and health related services. Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Centers operates Monday through Friday 8 am to 4pm. We offer a safe, supportive, and cheerful environment. Nutritious meals that accommodate special diets are included, along with an afternoon snack. 

The intention of Sarah’s Place is primarily two-fold:
  • To provide older adults an opportunity to get out of the house and receive both mental and social stimulation.
  • To give caregivers a much-needed break in which to attend to personal needs, to continue to work at a job or simply rest and relax and have peace of mind knowing their loved one is in good hands. It is vital for a caregiver to get some time off and take care of themselves to stay well and be able to continue the job as caregiver.
For the participant, the benefits are:
  • a safe, secure environment in which to spend the day
  • enjoyable and educational activities
  • improvement in mental and physical health
  • enhanced or maintained level of independence
  • socialization and peer support which aids in reducing social isolation and loneliness
  • nutritious meals and snacks
For the caregiver:
  • A happy loved one is a loved one that is easier to care for and manage
  • Support and education to care for a loved one and cope with the changes
  • Behavior Management plans for individuals dealing with dementia
  • Peace of mind knowing a loved one is safe and supported during the day.
  • Respite allows caregivers time to attend to personal needs, continue employment, and stay well in order to continue as caregiver. 
Good candidates for adult day health are adults who:
  • Can benefit from the friendship and functional assistance an adult day health center offers,
  • Have been socially isolated, have shared they are lonely or are spending a lot of time alone.
  • Have been seen in the ER more than once in the past 6 months,
  • Could benefit from a nurse oversight
  • May be physically or cognitively challenged
  • Have health issues that would benefit from oversight and monitoring like Diabetes, Cardiac related conditions like Hypertension (elevated blood pressure), Stroke (CVA), respiratory conditions like emphysema or COPD, cognitive conditions like Alzheimer's disease or dementia, or mental health conditions like depression or anxiety.

Although there is no one type of individual who attends an adult day health program, scientific studies show the benefits of exercise, socialization and a sense of community are key to keep our minds and bodies active and engaged. Some participants need some physical assistance, with walking or using the restroom, some need cognitive assistance, with reminders due to short term memory deficits, and some folks don’t need any assistance but benefit from the medical monitoring and socialization offered at the program.

Sarah’s Place, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is proud to be a provider of adult day health services since 2020. We welcome you to see what we can do to help you or a loved one remain healthy, active, and in the community.

When is it time for Sarah’s Place?
It's usually challenging to admit you need help, especially if you've been a highly independent person used to caring for others all your life! And if you're the caregiver, it may be equally difficult to consider allowing "strangers" to care for your beloved family member.

As with any service, the best time to start exploring what's available is before you need it. You should seriously consider using adult day care when a senior:

  • can no longer structure his or her own daily activities
  • is isolated and speak openly about the need for companionship
  • can't be safely left alone at home
  • lives with someone who works outside the home or who is frequently away from home for other reasons
We encourage folks visit Sarah’s Place in advance of bringing their loved one. Meet the staff, check out the space and provide insight into your loved one’s interests and abilities. The program will take this information and use it to welcome, encourage, and empower your loved one to make the adjustment to the program all the smoother. I am a firm believer that things are contagious. If you like a program, your loved one will like it too. We start with a short visit and build on this success. Please give us a call 978.374.2175 and let us start on this path together.

Costs and financial assistance for Sarah’s Place
The cost for Sarah’s Place starts at $125 per day, depending on the level of care you need, Basic which is standard care or Complex which would indicate a higher level of medical care. The Basic rate includes the following services provided (e.g., nursing supervision, assistance with activities of daily living, daily exercise and activity programs, light breakfast, lunch and snack). Transportation is an additional expense. 

While Medicare does not cover adult day care, MassHealth (Medicaid) will cover the costs in licensed adult day health care settings once appropriately screened. Age Span (formerly Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley) may be able to assist you based on your income and needs. Sarah’s Place has a contract with the Senior Care Options (SCO’s), Veteran’s Administration (VA) for eligible veterans, and with Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE). There are Long-term care insurance plans may also pay for adult day services, depending on the policy. Additionally, dependent-care tax credits may be available to you as caregiver.
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