CDM Caregiving Services is proud to serve all people who are unable to care for themselves. This includes elderly adults who often struggle with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease as well as the medically fragile of all ages suffering from brain trauma or other chronic conditions that make self-care impossible.
Since 1978, CDM has grown to implement and develop programs which increase the quality of life for our community's most vulnerable citizens. CDM is now one of Southwest Washington's largest employers, with more than 240 employees providing support to more than 750 Clark County families through three main programs:
• In-Home Care: CDM is the largest and most experienced home care agency in Southwest Washington. The In-Home Care program provides coordinated and individualized care for the elderly or disabled who wish to stay in their home. Our home care program serves everyone from infants to centenarians.
• Adult Day Services Center: This program, located at CDM's offices, provides a place for the elderly and disabled to receive a unique set of services at a cost savings of 40% over in-home care: an individualized restorative exercise program developed by a physical therapist, art and music therapies, nutritious meals and snacks, medical support by an RN, and critical socialization. Participants in the day center build much needed community with peers and staff while their family members are able to remain employed during the day or get relief from the burden of caregiving. Participants in this program must be 18+, our program focuses on Veterans, who have a strong discussion group and sense of kinship, and those with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
• Home Care Referral Registry: For those who wish to employ their own in-home care provider, CDM offers the Home Care Referral Registry for Southwest Washington, under contract with the State of Washington, so that our most vulnerable community members can hire caregivers with confidence and support and not rely on newspaper or internet ads. Medicaid funded clients of all ages can utilize this program.
For the past five years, CDM's focus has been the construction and opening of the new CDM McKibbin Center, an 8,400 square-foot Aging Care Resource Center housing CDM offices, training spaces, and the Adult Day Center. Through the immense generosity of the community, Foundations, the State of Washington, and other contributors, CDM wrapped up the Aging with Dignity Capital Campaign to fund the new center at the end of 2017. The McKibbin center is now almost complete, with the grand opening scheduled for May 2018.
CDM has a variety of supportive programs which utilize volunteers and donations to improve the lives of elderly and disabled community members including Elderfriends, the Community Partnership Initiative, and our upcoming venture Connecting Generations.
Sondra was a caregiver for her mother who was 86 when she started coming to CDM. At the time, her mother was in the late stages of dementia/Alzheimer's, and Sondra was caring for her 24/7, At first it was hard for Sondra to leave her mother at CDM but it became easier as her mother adjusted and came to enjoy attending the Adult Day Center. "What I really cherished was that it was really good for mom. When she was at home, all she wanted to do was sleep." At first, her mother did not participate in the activities because she was not a social person, but eventually the staff won her over and she participated and enjoyed it. Sondra noticed that her mother's "attitude and everything was a lot better with the stimulation of being there." She noticed improvements in her mother's cognitive abilities, though it was difficult because her dementia was so advanced. "The staff do a great job at what they're doing. They go beyond what their duties are."
Though her mother has passed, Sondra still attends the caregiver support group because she is now caring for her father. "I'm not the only one in this predicament. It's nice to tell someone my side of the story and even help someone else a little."
The mission of CDM is to provide coordinated, comprehensive, individualized quality services that allow individuals to live with dignity in their home or residence.