Adult Day Services – Time Together Program
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The Time Together Adult Day Program is a home away from home for adults and seniors who are isolated or have cognitive or physical disabilities. Participants enjoy a social, fun, engaging program that is designed for everyone to experience “successful moments” in a comfortable and safe environment. All staff and volunteers are trained in Positive Approach to Care.
Time Together participants are people who live with developmental disabilities, dementia, Parkinson’s, or any other condition that affects a person’s ability to function either cognitively, physically or both.
A typical day will include discussions, exercise, art, games, puzzles, music, movement, cognitive activities and much more. Participants enjoy a nutritious meal delivered by Island Senior Resources Nutrition Program. You may be eligible for financial support through Respite, COPES or DDA – see Fee discussion below.
If you, your family member, friend or neighbor would benefit from more engagement and socialization, or you know a family caregiver that could use a break from caregiving, contact Mel Watson and arrange a time to come and visit the program. Mel’s contact information is phone 360-321-1623 and email email@example.com.
Locations. Hours Of Operation.
The Time Together program is available at these locations.
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday 10am – 2pm
5217 S. Honeymoon Bay Rd.
Freeland, WA 98249
Oak Harbor Senior Center
Hours of Operation:
Mondays and Wednesday 10am – 2pm
The Modular Building at the Oak Harbor Senior Center
51 E Jerome St
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Ridelink Van Expanded Access
Friday 10am – 2pm
Participants are picked up at their homes in Oak Harbor and driven to the southern Time Together Program in Freeland.
Pick up times vary depending on participant locations. Expanded access is provided through partnership with Island Transit.
To learn more or if you have questions, contact Mel Watson, the program Director.
In an effort to make the program available to everyone we offer a number of payment options.
- An internal sliding scale fee of $41.73 to $75 per day depending on income
- Some participants may be eligible for financial support through Respite, COPES or DDA
The program includes:
- Two experienced staff facilitators for up to 12 participants
- Focused, inspiring discussion
- Hot beverages & snacks
- Skilled facilitation of meaningful activities (including any supplies needed)
- A graciously served nutritious lunch
- Carefully-guided exercise
- Personal Care support
Free transport to and from Time Together may be available through Paratransit.
Some caregivers may be eligible for respite through the Family Caregivers Support Program.
Time Together also utilizes experienced volunteers to assist during the program.
I’m “Peter.” My dad is 56 and has early onset Alzheimer’s. I dropped out of college to care for him. He and I are all the family we have. He cared for me when I was young, now it’s my turn to care for him. His favorite things are to sing and go for walks. I can’t leave him for even a few minutes though. If I do, he walks out the door alone and is not be able to find his way back. If I take him on errands I hold his hand or he’ll walk off with anyone. I never had a break 24/7 until I found Time Together. Now he attends three days a week. I’m happy knowing he’s happy and safe there. His days are filled with music, exercise, laughter, and friends. I get four hours each time he’s at Time Together to go for a run and do errands. The staff at Time Together taught me that by taking care of myself, I can take better care of him.
Mel Watson – Director
Phone : (360) 321-1623
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in the United Kingdom and growing up in Australia, Mel has over 25 years of experience in leadership for project management as an international independent musician. She has collaborated with numerous, non-profits and has collaborated on professional works in music and dance for people with special needs. Mel has been a caregiver to family members and has been serving participants and their families at Time Together Adult Day Services since 2013. Mel has a deep respect for all people, and is committed to offering high quality meaningful programming, honoring the participants, their families and the community that she serves, by being present to their needs and wishes. Mel proudly continues the almost 20 year legacy of care that Time Together Adult Day Services has provided to caregivers and their families. Mel is a Buddhist meditation practitioner and has been teaching meditation in Seattle, and on Whidbey Island for over 10 years. She lives on Whidbey Island with her spouse, and their menagerie of feathered and furry family members.
Melanie Lowey – Activity Coordinator/Support
Melanie brings to the table years of experience as an adult and youth theater director, and is a trained actor and singer. She has enjoyed similar work with special needs youth in a day program in Illinois. She finds this work – assisting and honoring elders with needs, as well as their caregivers – personally meaningful, as she has struggled in her family life with Alzheimer’s. Melanie’s commitment to offering meaningful, thoughtful engagement at Time Together is palpable, her positive energy gives an infectious joy to those she serves. Melanie lives on Whidbey Island with her dog, Quentin Tiberius. She enjoys classical and modern music, opera, theater, literature, dance, comedy, animals and nature.
Patrice Lunn -Activity Coordinator/Support
Patrice worked as a High School Life Sciences teacher for 9 years, and as a caregiver in a Memory Care Unit in Florida for people with profound dementia for the past 5 years. Patrice brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Time Together, and shares her authentically artistic and creative self with Participants, Staff and Volunteers helping to enhance the Time Together environment of being present with love, respect and care. Patrice grew up in England and loves to garden, sculpt and draw. Learning from elders, and spending quality time with them is one of her passions. She loves to walk in the woods with her dog, and watch the sunset over the water, and is thrilled every time she sees the mountains. Being a part of the Island community gives her a deep feeling of gratitude.
Joni Takanikos – Activity Coordinator/ Support
Joni has been a resident of Whidbey Island for over twenty years. She has worn many hats with one of her most recent as a Community Connector for an adult with autism. Joni is a writer, and has written articles for an online Community Inclusion Newsletter and writes a blog for Whidbey Life Magazine. Joni’s energy and presence is a stabilizing force at Time Together, with Participants, Staff and Volunteers all benefiting from her positive and grounded energy. In addition, Joni teaches yoga, performs music and poetry, gardens and loves being part of the supportive Whidbey Island community.
Clara Gusenius -Activity Coordinator/Support
Clara was in the United States Navy for over 20 years, where she learned to appreciate travel and cultural diversity. After the Navy, Clara became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She provided private in-home memory care for people with profound dementia and adults with disabilities for the past 5 years. She enjoys learning from elders, and spending quality time with them. She respects and values their life experiences and shared stories, as well as those of their families and caregivers. Clara’s background and experience allows her to serve participants and their families at Time Together Adult Services with compassion and understanding. Clara lives on Whidbey Island with her spouse and their slightly spoiled tabby cat, Audi. She enjoys reading and learning new skills. Clara speaks Spanish and is currently learning American Sign Language.
Sydney Coughlin -Activity Coordinator/Support
Born in Pensacola Florida, the daughter of a Naval Officer, Sydney traveled the world before finally calling Oak Harbor, Washington her home in 2009 at the age of 16. She attended Oak Harbor High School and graduated with the class of 2011. Her senior year, she participated in the Medical Internship, and graduated with the qualifications for her certified nursing assistant license.
The summer following graduation Sydney accepted her first job as a specialized Dementia and Alzheimer caregiver at Home Place of Oak Harbor. After 2 years of caregiving, Sydney was promoted to the Life Enrichment Activity Coordinator of Home Place. She was solely responsible to implement and execute daily enriching activities that provided a sense of excitement and purpose to the everyday life of residents’. Following her job as the Life Enrichment Activity Director, Sydney broadened her experience by accepting a position as a home care aide with autistic children.
Sydney is an avid artist and gardener, she spends her free time painting with acrylics, or growing plants and vegetables in her home. She is a rescue mother of a three-year-old German Shepherd, who stole her heart without speaking a word. Sydney enjoys taking him on hikes, and trips to the beach to swim.
Sydney, a naturally compassionate, caring human being who strives to brighten the days of those around her. Sydney’s background with mental illness and developmental disabilities has provided her with the skills and resources to thrive in this atmosphere.