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 2018:
- We provided 623 people living with memory loss with 59,947 hours of service
- 40 new participants enrolled in the Day Program
- 92 percent of Mind Matters participant survey respondents reported that the program helped maintain their cognitive abilities
- We developed a relationship with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners to provide gardening and sensory groups
- Volunteers spent 4,788 hours supporting House of Welcome Adult Day Services