House of Welcome Adult Day Services was established in 1983 as the first specialized dementia adult day program in the Chicago area. We offer a unique day program of structured, therapeutic, small-group activities in a comfortable, homelike setting. These vital programs provide mental and physical stimulation through art, music and dance therapy, and other dementia-focused activities like word games and discussion groups. House of Welcome is one of a half-dozen community programs in the area that have contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide various types of services in a day setting for veterans who have dementia.
Launched in January 2008, Mind Matters addresses the needs of adults in the early stages of memory loss. This program strives to tackle the cognitive challenges— difficulties with thinking, learning, understanding, and remembering—that disrupt a person’s daily routine at home and/or at work. When Mind Matters is no longer the best fit for a participant, a transition to the day program can be arranged.
In fiscal year 2016-17:
- We provided 531 people living with memory loss with 60,230 hours of service.
- We opened the Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing, a three-season room that enhances therapeutic gardening activities for participants.
- 94 percent of Mind Matters participant survey respondents reported that the program helped maintain their cognitive abilities.
- Day program participants continued living in the community for an average of 18 months.
- We implemented a new, electronic billing system to increase efficiency of the billing process
- Volunteers spent 3,164 hours supporting House of Welcome Adult Day Services.