Jewish Council for the Aging

Misler Center - Services and Activities


     Access our calendar of activities, here.

At Misler, staff all work together to provide an encouraging and supportive therapeutic environment for participants.  Our staff to participant ratio goes well beyond the requirements of the State of Maryland, demonstrating our commitment to excellence.  Services include but are not limited to:

·         Door-to-Door, fully accessible transportation provided by JCA’s ElderBus fleet

·         A daily choice among a variety of activities designed to meet a range of interests, needs and abilities and provide enriched cognitive and physical stimulation

·         Health services from RN’s – monitoring of blood pressure, blood sugar, weight; medication administration

·         Assistance with every day activities from certified nursing assistants and geriatric aides

·         Social work services, including support for both participants and their families

·         Easy access to physical, occupational and speech therapy
·         On-site regular podiatry services
·         Nutritious and hot four course Kosher meals and snacks, with attention to special diets
Health Services –
Staffed with RN’s and geriatric aides, our health staff can take care of participants’ medical needs.  Our nurses administer medications, monitor blood pressure, and provide overall nursing management of chronic medical conditions.  Our geriatric aides assist with activities of daily living, helping with personal care related to ambulation and toileting.  With so much hands-on care, it is no wonder that the health staff are often the first to notice physical or cognitive changes in a participant.  Regular communication with families and physicians assure that care needs are followed up on swiftly.  In addition, nurses lead monthly interactive discussion groups with participants on a variety of health and nutrition topics.
Social Work Services-
Our social workers are at the front lines at the Misler Center. They are usually the first staff members to handle inquiry calls from families and others seeking information about the Center.  They personally guide families and participants through the intake process, and help to make the transition to the Center an easy and seamless process.  Once a participant has joined the Center, the social work staff stays in regular contact with families, providing updates on participant progress and using their vast knowledge of community resources to help families with care needs.  In addition, they lead on-going support groups for both participants and family caregivers.
Transportation Services –
Misler Adult Day Center is able to provide critically needed transportation to many of our participants using the JCA ElderBus fleet.  Each day, trained drivers who are sensitive to the needs of older adults are out in neighborhoods surrounding the Center, providing roundtrip door-to-door service to those who live within our pick up area.   Our fleet of accessible buses can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. 
Activity programming is at the heart of the Misler Center experience.  Days at Misler are filled with enriching activities,  with programs tailored to meet the needs of people with a range of cognitive and physical abilities.  Throughout the day, there are two activity periods and participants select from at least two choices each time.  Staff are always there to help those who need encouragement.  For those with memory loss, it is all about staying “in the moment”.  For those with physical challenges, we strive to maximize capabilities, no matter what the diagnosis.  Our goal is to exercise all the “muscles” of the person – the body and the mind!
The monthly activities calendar is very popular among participants and families alike.  It illustrates the planning of the staff for activities that  include:

·         Discussion groups on topics ranging from current events to ancient philosophy

·         Physical exercise, including strength training, chair aerobics, stretching and games

·         Therapeutic arts and crafts projects

·         Writing workshops and literature based activities

·         Musical performances and programs by local artists, including opera, and instrumental and vocal performances by community and school groups

·         Word games
·         Reminiscing programs
·         Field trips/outings to museums, parks, and nearby attractions
·         Nutrition and health talks with our RN’s.