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Measuring Success in a Dementia-Specific Adult Day Program


doi: 10.1097/01.ALCAT.0000297150.05151.f1
DEPARTMENT: Best Practices

House of Welcome (HOW) Adult Day Services is a specialized program for persons with memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias serving older adults and their families in Chicago's north suburban communities. Evaluation is a critical component of HOW's program. HOW staff members use observing quality of life in dementia, a reliable and valid observational tool, to assess the impact of structured activities on participants. Data from observing quality of life in dementia are computerized and a variety of reports can be generated for care planning, communicating with families, and reporting to funding sources and accrediting bodies.

Julie Lamberti, MSW, is Director of the House of Welcome Adult Day Services of the North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, Illinois.

Perry Edelman, PhD, is Director of Outcomes Research at Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, Evanston, Illinois. He has conducted applied dementia research for over 15 years.

Bradley R. Fulton, PhD, formerly a postdoctoral fellow with the Center on Age and Community, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and senior research associate at Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, Evanston, Illinois, is currently a senior research associate at Press Ganey Associates, South Bend, Indiana.

Address correspondence to: Julie Lamberti, MSW, House of Welcome Adult Day Services, North Shore Senior Center, 1779 Winnetka Rd, Northfield, IL 60093 (

The authors thank Mather LifeWays for funding the development and testing of OQOLD.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.