Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Is Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care licensed?
    Yes. The Center is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  We are also members of the Minnesota Adult Day Services Association (MADSA).
  • Who can participate?
    Any Latino/a adult who is 65 years old or older and is isolated, depressed, frail, cannot perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and/or is at risk of placement in a nursing home. 
  • What is ADL?
    Activities for Daily Living (ADL) is a term used in healthcare to refer to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence, in outdoor environments, or both.  Health professionals routinely refer to the ability or inability to perform ADLs as a measurement of the functional status or a person, particularly in regards to people with disabilities and the elderly.

    Basic ADLS consist of self-care tasks, including:
       - Personal hygiene and grooming
       - Dressing and undressing
       - Meal preparation and feeding oneself
       - Functional transfers ( e.g. getting out of bed)
    - Voluntarily controlling urinary and fecal discharge
    -  Ambulation
            (Walking without use of canes or crutches or using a
             wheelchair, should be able to safely maneuver stairs.)

  • How is the program paid for?
    Medicare and Medicaid waiver programs such as the Elderly Waiver (EW), Alternative Elderly Waiver (AEW), and the Alternative Care Grants (ACG) may pay for the services according to eligibility.  Contact your insurance company's social worker. Private payments are also welcome.

  • Does anyone live at Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care?
    No. Our participants live in their own homes, with family members, in assisted living, or in adult family homes.

  • Do you provide a meal during the time we are at Spanish Legacy?
    Yes. We provide special diets that are medically appropriate and approved by a registered dietician.  We serve two meals and a healthy snack - the food is prepared daily by a chef using organic products.

  • Do you provide transportation to Spanish Legacy?
    Yes.  We provide transportation to and from the center.

  • How many hours a day is the program?
    The program is for six (6) hours a day.  This does not include the time it takes to transport clients to and from Spanish Legacy.

  • Do you provide health monitoring and medication administration during the day?
    Yes.  We count with nurses on our staff that provide medication administration and health monitoring; including measuring blood pressure and blood sugar - in addition to applying insulin if needed.

  • What types of activities do you offer?
     - Games (for example: Bingo and Dominoes)
     - Field trips to interesting Twin Cities' places
     - Music and crafts
     - Social lunches
     - Movies
     - Exercise routines

  • What is your staff to participant ratio?
    Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care has at least one staff member for every six participants (1:6).

  • May I visit and look around?
    We would be delighted if you came to visit Spanish Legacy. If you are 65 years old or older please feel free to join us (at no cost to you) for a meal-we will provide transportation to and from your home.  Please call (952) 212-9739 to schedule a visit.

  • What are some features of the program?
     - Health monitoring and education
     - Medication assistance
     - Blood-pressure and blood-sugar monitoring
     - Assistance with bathing and personal hygiene
     - Complimentary manicure and beautician services
     - Group discussions
     - Therapeutic exercises using live music
     - Psychological relaxation sessions
     - Massage therapy
     - Memory enhancement group

  • What do the facilities include?
     - A spacious lunchroom
     - Cinema room
     - Exercise room
     - Pool-table room
     - Library and computer room

  • What do I need to do to get my family member admitted/enrolled at Spanish Legacy?
    First, have your family member who is Latino and 65 years old or older come and visit us! They can meet our staff and other clients and see if Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care is a good fit for his or her needs. Second, based on your family member’s physical and emotional needs we will advise you on the best way to contact his or her care provider and county to get an Elderly Waiver (EW) assessment and ask to participate in the Spanish Legacy Adult Day Care program.

  • What are some causes of depression in seniors?
    There are multiple reasons why some seniors may develop depression. These include:
          •   Health problems – Illness and disability; chronic or severe pain; cognitive decline; damage to body image due to surgery or disease.
          •   Loneliness and isolation – Living alone; a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation; decreased mobility due to illness or loss of
                 driving privileges.
          •   Reduced sense of purpose – Feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity due to retirement or physical limitations on activities.
          •   Fears – Fear of death or dying; anxiety over financial problems or health issues.
          •   Recent bereavement – The death of friends, family members, and pets; the loss of a spouse or partner

  • What is the Elderly Waiver program?*
    The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home- and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community. The Minnesota Department of Human Services operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties, tribal entities and health plan partners administer the program.

  • What types of services are available through the Elderly Waiver program?*
    Covered services include:
    - Adult day service
    - Caregiver Assessment
    - Chore services
    - Companion services
    - Consumer-directed community supports
    - Home health aides
    - Home-delivered meals
    - Homemaker services
    - Licensed community residential services (customized living services or - 24-hour customized living services, family foster care, residential care)
    - Environmental accessibility adaptations
    - Personal care assistant
    - Personal emergency response system (PERS)
    - Respite care
    - Skilled nursing
    - Specialized equipment and supplies
    - Training for informal caregivers
    - Transitional supports
    - Transportation

  • Who is eligible for the Elderly Waiver program?*
    Those eligible for the Elderly Waiver (EW) program are 65 or older, and eligible for Medical Assistance?

  • What is Medical Assistance (MA)?
    Medical Assistance (MA) is the largest of Minnesota’s publicly funded health care programs, providing coverage for an average of more than 600,000 people each month.

    MA is Minnesota’s Medicaid program. It is jointly funded with state and federal funds. The Minnesota Department of Human Services oversees the program statewide. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversees Medicaid nationally.

    People apply for MA through their local county human service offices. More than two-thirds of those enrolled receive all their health care through health plans. The remaining get care on a fee-for-service basis, under which providers bill the state directly for services provided.

    In some cases, MA can pay for medical bills going back three months from the date the county receives an individual’s application. Even if their income is too high, applicants can qualify if they have enough medical bills to meet a spenddown (similar to an insurance deductible).


800 Boone Avenue North , Golden Valley, MN 55427 ♥ (952) 212-9739 
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