Adult Day Services
We provide Adult Day Services at multiple locations. The Misler Center is a medical adult day center that serves older adults with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. The Kensington Clubs are social day program memory clubs serving those in the early stages of diagnosed memory loss. Learn more about both programs below.
The Albert & Helen Misler Adult Day Center in Rockville, Maryland provides stimulating activities, socialization and nursing supervision for older adults with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. Services include door-to-door transportation and hot kosher lunches. Grants and special funds cover a portion of the daily fees.
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Our participants are all living in community settings – some live with spouses, others with adult children, some in group homes/assisted living residences and some even live on their own!
The older adults who attend Misler may be:
- Socially isolated
- Dealing with medical, cognitive or emotional challenges
- Dependent on others for care needs
All our participants want to stay in the community, living as independently as possible. The Misler Center is able to help them achieve this goal, providing regular health supervision and an enriched environment with social, physical and cognitive stimulation. At Misler, we believe that it is as important to nourish the spirit as it is to nurture health!
Here are some word from Misler Adult Day Center from participants and their families:
“Mom truly enjoys herself and considers herself part of the Misler family.”
“It was such a relief to find a place where mom was not only cared for but also welcomed with loving arms. I can’t tell you how much it meant to her.”
“It’s great. Why don’t you try it? People here are like family. Every day I enjoy.”
“The caregivers’ support group has been a tremendous help for me. It was a place to vent my frustrations without judgment and receive help from both staff and others in the group.”
“I’m never bored here. There is always something interesting going on.”
“You are not a stranger here. Everyone understands you.”
“Since it is almost 6 years since his severe stroke, his abilities and very few, but it is a tribute to your programs and staff that he always wants to attend…”
“There is not a day that goes by that my Mom does not talk about her day at Misler and how wonderful it was….It is clear that Misler has become her home.”
“I believe that my father received a great deal from the program. In addition to socialization, I know that he felt he was being cared for.”
“I want to take this opportunity to thank you…for not only helping my father be all he is capable of being at this difficult time in his life, but also for giving me and the rest of my family the security of knowing that when he is not with us, he is still safe, secure and stimulated.”
Misler is a friendly and vibrant, non-sectrian adult day center for older adults with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges. Licensed by the State of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Quality, Misler provides assistance and stimulation by an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, activities leaders and aides.
LOCATION: Terrace level of the Ring House at 1801 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, Maryland. 20852.
HOURS: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Attendance patterns vary from twice a week to every day, depending on individual circumstances.
COST: As a non-profit, mission driven program, the Misler Center provides a cost effective solution for people who need assistance and stimulation during the day. The daily charge is based on a sliding scale and families will find that the costs will be far less than the equivalent number of hours of in-home care or of institutional placement.
Using a variety of sources of financial assistance – a grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Medicaid waivers where appropriate; VA benefits; Montgomery County Senior Care program funds; or Misler Scholarship funds, we are committed to delivering service, no matter what someone’s financial circumstances might be.
Our History and Facility
Since 1977, the Misler Adult Day Center has been providing stimulating programs, socialization and health supervision in a lively, yet structured and comforting environment.
At Misler, older adults come together to develop new friendships and rediscover old interests. It is a place to be engaged- in conversation, in activity, in community. Participants quickly feel a sense of belonging and self-esteem is increased from being part of the Misler community.
Our Center was specially designed as the Ring House was being constructed, so our physical space provides all the features desired in an Adult Day Program – large and comfortable activity rooms, filled with natural light; spacious dining room for communal meal times; departmental offices for staff; well-positioned accessible bathrooms; and a security system to promote safety for participants.
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 RNs – 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
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.
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 RNs
When participants come to Misler for a day of enriched activities, families know that their family member is in a supportive and stimulating environment. They also know that they can take a much needed break while their older family member is at the Center. Our families regularly tell us how grateful and relieved they feel once their loved one is attending Misler. The respite from their own caregiving responsibilities means that they will be better able to provide needed care at home.
Social work staff also supports caregivers through their knowledge of community resources to help families with their caregiving responsibilities. Whether it is a referral to a community based professional such as a neurologist, or a roster of credible home care agencies, we are there to help you meet the needs of your loved ones, today and in the future. We draw on the resources of JCA programs such as the Senior HelpLine or Connect-A-Ride Information and Referral to link families to the services they need.
Our social workers lead a caregiver support group that meets twice a month. Under the gentle facilitation of our licensed social worker, families find a haven – a place to talk with others who are experiencing very similar challenges. Caregivers share ways to cope and manage the stresses in their lives. There is much talk, laughter and tears as caregivers connect to those who really understand.
For information about caregiver support, call us at 301.468.1740 or use this contact form to send an email inquiry:
The best way to appreciate the Misler Center is to see it for yourself.
We encourage you to call to schedule a visit so you can see us in action – our dedicated and caring staff, our stimulating activities and the difference we are making in the lives of our participants each and every day.
For more information, to arrange a visit, or to speak with one of our social workers, please call us at 301-468-1740, or use the contact form below to send an email inquiry.
1801 East Jefferson Street (Terrace Level of Ring House)
Rockville, MD 20852
Administrative Offices are open: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through FridayRegular Program Hours are: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday
Inclement Weather Policy: When Montgomery County Schools or the Federal Government closes, the Misler Center is closed. When Montgomery County Schools have a delayed opening, Misler will start at our regular time. If there is bad weather and the schools are not in session, check our main phone line (301-468-1740) for messages about Center hours.
Since 2008, the Kensington Clubs have been offering activities, camaraderie and coping skills for people in the early stages of diagnosed memory loss. Participants enjoy stimulating cognitive and physical programs, morning coffee and lunch in a supportive environment among peers. Caregivers receive respite and support. We have multiple locations for our Kensington Clubs throughout Montgomery County.
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- Can enjoy the company of others with minimal risk of wandering
- Take medication independently or with verbal supervision only
- Are able to eat and use the bathroom without assistance
- Ambulate independently or with a cane.
The Club is an outlet for those with early memory loss who desire opportunities to challenge their mind and try new interests, who want to be pro-active and do something about their memory loss, and who can benefit from being around others in a stimulating and positive environment.
Through social interaction, mental challenges and physical activity, the Club seeks to maintain an intimacy and friendship that set it apart from other social day programs. Each member is treated as an individual and a sense of belonging to the Club is evident. Members find common ground and make friends. They recognize that Kensington Club caters to their individual interests and personalities in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.
Here are some words about the Club from members and their families:
“Kensington Club is a reason to get up and dressed and is a stimulating place to go…”
“I enjoy the program and consider it the high point of the week”
“It’s an organized, warm environment which is looked forward to every week.”
“Activity is the best thing…”
“This is a major attack on your confidence…it helps to be with others who are going through the same thing.”
“I don’t know what we’d do without the stimulating program and schedule”
“Sometimes it’s good to forget about what limits you and find something else to do.”
Gorlitz Kensington Club@PARKLAWN
Our first Club is located at JCA Headquarters, Ann L. Bronfman Center, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Transportation is available to those who live within our pick-up area. Club days are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Members may attend up to four days per week. Monthly Club dues are based on the attendance pattern selected. Club size is limited to 12 members per day, to ensure an atmosphere that enhances interpersonal connection.
For information or to schedule a visit, please contact 301.255.4204.
Thome Kensington Club @Germantown Community Center
Our second location, the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Social Day Club at Germantown Community Center (or TKC@GCC), is our upcounty program which opened in November 2016. It is located at 18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874. All members of the Club also become members of the Germantown Community Center.
JCA bus transportation is not available. Club days are Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Members may attend one or both days. Club size is limited to 10 members per day.
For information or to schedule a visit, please contact 202.735.3464.
The Kensington Club programs are planned and implemented by our professional staff of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and activities leaders. Activities are tailored to meet members’ needs, strengths and interests.
Activities and services include:
- Stimulating discussions on a broad range of topics from current events to history, art and literature
- Physical and cognitive exercise
- Reminiscing activities
- Guest entertainers and speakers
- Musical programs
- Therapeutic art programs
- Field trips to local areas of interest
- Caregiver education and support
- Morning coffee and catered lunch
- Information and referral to community resources
Since 2008, Kensington Club has offered a unique opportunity for socialization with peers in a relaxed and accepting environment. Our social day program is designed to meet the needs of older adults in the early stages of diagnosed memory loss.
Members of the Club share old and new interests, connect with the community, and develop friendships. Stimulating cognitive and physical activities are offered to Club members, while families and caregivers get some respite and support while their loved ones are at the Club. The Club provides an opportunity for camaraderie and coping skills to people in the early stages of memory loss.
As the Canada based Alzheimer’s Society states, “When someone is diagnosed with dementia, they should be encouraged to remain as independent as possible, and to continue to enjoy their usual activities…” It can be difficult to achieve this without the support from professionals. The Kensington Club is focused on maintaining the independence of the Club members in a safe and supportive environment that optimizes capabilities.
The Mayo Clinic also confirms the value of programs like ours: “Individuals who receive a diagnosis of Early Stage Dementia often have questions, seek resources and support and want to be an active participant in managing their condition. Programs such as Memory Clubs are designed to offer just that.”
“Man does not consist of memory alone. He has feeling, will, sensibilities, moral being…It is here that you may find ways to touch him…In the realm of the individual, there is much you can do”. – Alexander Luria
Check out our April Activities Calendar to see how the day at the Club is one that is rich with engagement and stimulation! For the Parklawn location, click here to download. For the Thome Kensington Club, click here.
Click here for our afternoon club at Parklawn.
Our monthly Newsletter gives Club staff a chance to share important information with Club members’ families. Click here to download the April 2018 newsletter for Kensington Club @ Parklawn. Click here for our Thome Kensington Club.
The Kensington Club provides a great place for older adults with early stage memory loss to find camaraderie and coping skills. It also offers respite to caregivers, who know that when their loved one is at Kensington Club, they will have a much needed break.
Caregiver support is also available through Early Stage Dementia Education and Support Groups. With training from the Alzheimer’s Association, facilitators lead a unique model of information and support to individuals with a diagnosis and their care partners. With a goal of enhancing the lives of individuals with dementia and their families, the eight-week sessions cover topics such as understanding the disease and how to find community resources. Each week, education is provided for the whole group, followed by separate support groups for care partners and those with a diagnosis.
For more information about the Early Stage Dementia Support Groups, call Elinor Ginzler at 301-255-4222 or use this contact form to send an email inquiry:
We invite you to learn more and find out if Kensington Club is right for you!
For more information about Kensington Club, call us at 301-255-4204 or use this form to send an email inquiry: