FAQ at Manatawny
What are adult day services?
Adult day services are offered in a safe, pleasant, and lively environment for older adults and adults with disabilities so that they can interact with others during the day. Diakon Adult Day Services at Manatawny is conveniently located at 30 Old Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are able to attend from one to five days per week.
Why would one need medical adult day services?
Many caregivers choose to send their loved one to day care as a way of keeping them involved, active and stimulated throughout the day in a supervised and structured program. Caregivers also receive a much-needed break.
Of what does a day consist?
A typical day at Diakon Adult Day Services at Manatawny begins with the participant arriving via Transnet or family transportation. The participant is first offered a morning snack. After snack, the participant is escorted to join the first of numerous activities planned throughout the day.
A "morning circle" gets each day off to an interactive start. After 60 minutes, things turn to physical activities to keep the group moving and motivated. A catered hot lunch is served midday. Different activity programs are offered in the afternoon, with a break around 2:30 for a snack. Programming aides are always available to assist with any personal needs throughout the day.
What type of activities do you offer?
Activities are designed to meet the interests of a variety of clients. The activities calendar is designed to include exercise and programs that focus on cognitive and fine-motor skills, as well as spiritual aspects of life. Specialized activities such as music therapy, outside entertainment, theme parties and occasional outside trips are planned throughout the month.
What type of nursing help do participants receive?
The center offers personal assistance, including help in the bathroom as well as a whirlpool tub or shower service. Center staff members administer medications, including injections, and do routine blood-pressure and vital-signs checks. The R.N. on staff can help to arrange physician appointments and follow through on prescribed treatments. Our center also is equipped to handle more challenging medical needs including wound care.
Do you provide transportation?
The program does not provide transportation, but can help enroll your loved one in the state Lottery-funded Shared Ride program that can transport participants to and from the program.
How do I pay for your services?
There are a variety of options to cover the cost of adult medical day services. These include:
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Medical Assistance - requires prior authorization
- National Family Caregivers Support Program
- Through your local Area Agency on Aging
- Options Funding
- Through your local Area Agency on Aging
- Veterans Administration Benefits
- Private Pay - $70/day inclusive of meals
How do I get started?
We require only the following items:
- A medical form completed by physician (we provide the form)
- PPD (test for tuberculosis, which the state requires)
- Review of paperwork, including admission screening form and other state-required forms, with the center director.
We will work with your personal physician to obtain the completed physician form.
Please call Gina Cooke, center director, at (610) 705-3749 with any questions or concerns.
How do I get to Diakon Adult Day Services at Manatawny?
Please use the following helpful directions if you wish to visit the center or bring a participant:
Eastbound on Rt. 422
From eastbound Rt. 422, take the Rt. 724 East Phoenixville exit (first exit after the Keim St. Exit). Follow that road to the stop sign. Turn left onto Rt. 724. Proceed for about 4/10ths of a mile to Old Schuylkill Road; Manatawny Manor is on your right at the top of the hill.
Westbound on Rt. 422
Traveling westbound on Rt. 422, take the Rt. 724 Phoenixville Exit (first exit after Armand Hammer Blvd.). Follow to stop sign. Turn left onto Rt. 724. Proceed for about 4/10ths of a mile to Old Schuylkill Road; Manatawny Manor in on your right at the top of the hill.
From the Philadelphia area
Follow the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) West to Exit 328A, which will put you on Rt. 202 South. Follow signs to exit onto Rt. 422 West. Then follow instructions as in “Westbound on Rt. 422” above.
From the northeast region
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) West to Valley Forge Exit 326. Exit onto I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway) and shortly thereafter take Exit 328A, following signs for Rt. 422 West. Then follow instructions as in “Westbound on Rt. 422” above.
From the Mainline & points south
Take the most convenient route to the Rt. 202/King of Prussia area. From Rt. 202, take the Rt. 422 West/Pottstown Exit. Follow instructions as in “Westbound on Rt. 422” above.
From Reading & points west
Take the most convenient route to Rt. 422 East. Follow instructions as in “Eastbound on Rt. 422” above.