Day Treatment Program

Bering Omega’s Day Treatment Program is the only one of its kind, offering services specifically for individuals with HIV/AIDS in the region.  Our Day Treatment Program began when there was a flood of sick people being dropped off in hospital emergency waiting rooms while their caregivers went to work. In response, Bering Omega opened the Adult Day Care Center. HIV has evolved over the years, with those affected living longer, healthier lives; to meet these new needs, our program has evolved as well. Though licensed as an adult day care, we strive to provide services that help our clients achieve the highest quality of life possible. Our services include nursing care, physical therapy referral, nutritional counseling, a food program that provides meals, snacks, and food bags at the end of each week, educational and guest speakers, and activities that help improve fine and gross motor and cognitive skills. Our goal through this dynamic program is to address the physical, medical, mental, and social needs of our clients and provide a safe and supportive environment.

“Today was the first time in years that I have wanted to, and actually did, get out of my apartment and was happy that I did.  It feels like I have a family here and that nobody judges me.  That gives me a reason to get up in the morning.”

One of our newest clients came to us hesitantly. She did not want to be at our program, but her doctor had explained how beneficial her attendance here could be.  Before joining our program, she spent every day in her apartment alone and doing nothing but watching television.  She answered our questions during intake, but she offered no extra information outside of what was required.  Our staff knew they had to engage her quickly, so they planned events and activities they knew she would enjoy, such as field trips to local museums and activities involving working with her hands.  Soon, she was attending four or five days out of the week, smiling more often, and talking with our other clients.  One day, during our daily “Community” (group sharing), she spoke with our staff, clients, and other volunteers about her past and some of the horrific things that have happened in her life.  We realized how hard it must have been for her to get out of her apartment each day, much less to smile and open up.  That day, she went to our Day Treatment Program Manager to say goodbye and said, “Today was the first time in years that I have wanted to, and actually did, get out of my apartment and was happy that I did.  It feels like I have a family here and that nobody judges me.  That gives me a reason to get up in the morning.”