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Alzheimer's - Insight Memory Care Center

Insight Memory Care Center, formerly Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, is a non-profit organization providing direct care and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia, and their family caregivers. Established in 1984, IMCC’s goal is to help individuals with various forms of memory impairment remain at home, in a quality environment with family and friends for as long as possible. The organization’s adult day health center provides daily care, socialization, and meaningful activity for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In addition, to help with the often overwhelming job of caregiving, we provide education programs, support groups, and individual consultation for family members and care partners. 

The adult day health center is IMCC’s core program. The day center provides a range of high-quality, therapeutic, and socially stimulating activities for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, while simultaneously offering much-needed respite for family caregivers. The program operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and serves up to 60 participants per day. The day center provides a 1-3, 1 – 4, or 1-5 staff to participant ratio (depending on stage of disease), exceeding state licensing requirements. The program has served over 1,600 participants throughout our 35 plus year history. The day center provides a safe and secure environment that focuses on people’s strengths rather than their memory limitations, addressing the health needs of the total person: physical, mental, and emotional. Innovative approaches are put into practice, from physical therapy and Tai Chi-inspired exercises to art or music therapy and field trips, as these lifestyle and cognitive activities have shown that they can delay the progression of the disease. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks are served each day. IMCC is the only program in Northern Virginia to offer day services to persons with advanced dementia. For these individuals, staff provides total care, including assistance with mealtime, personal care and mobility. Each participant’s care is guided by an individual Care Plan developed by a professional staff team. In effort to provide service to anyone in need, the organization has awarded over $262,125 in financial assistance to nearly 16 families in FY19. IMCC raises funds specifically for this purpose. 

For those not yet ready for the day center, IMCC offers an early-stage engagement program for those with new diagnoses or mild cognitive impairment: Reconnections program. Reconnections is a weekly gathering of individuals who have mild cognitive impairment or who are in the early stages of dementia. Together with professional staff, a small group of club members participate in individualized discussion groups, recreational activities, learning experiences, and all have the opportunity for peer support and to socialize in a safe, non-judgmental setting. IMCC currently offers four sessions per week at our Fairfax location. 

For family caregivers, a total of 94 free education classes were provided in FY19, serving 1,880 participants. Topics ranging from dealing with difficult behaviors to legal and financial planning. In addition, IMCC offers its own unique publication, “Caregiving at a Glance,” which provides strategies for managing behavior challenges and planning for future care. Over 4,000 have been distributed in the community free of charge. IMCC also offers 7 distinct support groups offered throughout each month for care partners- these groups are free of charge and open to the general community. All of these groups help to reduce the sense of isolation many caregivers feel and offer a forum for sharing information and suggestions concerning caregiving. IMCC also provides free consultations and free memory screenings to the community at large.

On January 12, 2015, we opened the doors to our brand new 15,000 square foot facility on Pender Drive in Fairfax. The state-of-the-art facility has expanded the capacity of all of our programs and services, including: increased adult day health center capacity from 40 to 60 participants, providing an open floor plan conducive to wandering with no dead ends, offering dedicated spaces for art therapy, physical therapy, Music and Memory, a Multi-Sensory room, and 1,000 square feet of outdoor space, dedicated, separate space for early stage programming, and increased support and education programs.

In 2018, our Executive Director, Christi Clark, was awarded the Ruth Von Behran award, for outstanding achievement in adult day service provision by the National Adult Day Services Association. This national award is given to one outstanding and innovative adult day center representative each year. IMCC was also named one of the best small charities in the Washington Region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy for 2018; a distinction also received in 2014, 2010 and 2006. Additionally, IMCC was granted a 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations, with all 5-star reviews coming from IMCC’s own supporters. 

Most importantly, we maintain high standards in providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. IMCC holds a three-year license, the highest level in Virginia. Our past seven annual inspection visits have been completely deficiency-free.