Speaking From The Heart
Over the years, we have had the privilege to help thousands of frail seniors and adults with disabilities manage their health conditions. We've helped them maintain their independence while promoting their happiness and well-being.
Read what our members, friends, colleagues and caregivers are saying about SteppingStone.
“I enjoy being with people and talking to them. Presentation Adult Day Health has a good atmosphere. Everyone is happy and jolly. They are singing and dancing all the time.” — Ms. G
Ms. G is an 84-year-old participant who lives with family in subsidized housing nearby. Due to her constant pain in her right knee and left shoulder, she cannot walk for a long distance. Her poor vision affects her movement as well as her daily activities, and she requires an escort for outings at all times for fear of falling. She also receives about 90hrs of In-Home Support Services per month to help her manage her daily needs. But that does not prevent Ms. G from participating in the Presentation Adult Day Health community.
By attending SteppingStone, Ms. G benefits from the services that help to relieve her stress and pain, as well as to prevent isolation and maintain her ability to live independently within the community. She especially enjoys coming here for the socialization and exercise.Close story
“I like all of the activities at SteppingStone. I enjoy doing exercise, which is good since I’m Italian and we like to eat. I like the people here most of all.” — Mrs. B
“I am so thankful because you have made my life easier. I know that mom always takes her medication and she has an established routine that she enjoys.” — Mrs. B's Daughter
Mrs. B, who suffers from dementia and schizophrenia, had been recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital when she first came to SteppingStone, and was very agitated on her first day here. After the hospital, she was anxious about this new program — we had to call her daughter three times that day to convince her to stay. Now, two years later, Mrs. B attends our center three days a week and warmly greets the staff with a hug and a smile each morning.
Developing friendships with other participants, Mrs. B has benefitted greatly from the socialization that she receives in our community setting. Our nurses administer her psychiatric medications at the center, manage her frequent MD appointments and keep in touch with her daughter, who lives outside of the city. Mrs. B’s regular attendance and routine at ADH has made it possible for her to continue to live independently within her chosen community.Close story
"Before I came to SteppingStone, I was alone without a home. Now I have a new family who cares for me. My bones are stronger, too, so I can walk around and be a friend to others."
Formerly homeless, a 77-year-old Korean woman came to our partner housing community following her attempted suicide, which was brought on because her children refused to care for her. Three years later, she has found a new family and stability within the SteppingStone ADHC community where she has found a new purpose and reason for living. She has become a strong friend to others in the program and looks out for those who are frailer than she.
Not only does she care for those in the community, she continues to care for herself. Using our physical therapy program, she has strengthened her legs and forestalled her chronic pain from osteoporosis.Close story
“Being able to talk with people makes me feel better.” — Anonymous
An 87-year-old single woman was suffering from both severe depression and physical ailments before she came to Mabini Adult Day Health in 2006. Since joining us, both her mental and physical health have vastly improved. She benefits from peer interaction and enjoys arts and crafts, talking with staff, and regularly plays piano for the community. She uses the gym and goes to physical therapy offered at our center, which has greatly improved her physical condition.
By participating in a “Life Changes” support group, she has forged closer relationships with other participants through sharing life stories and problems. Having friends and professionals to engage with at SteppingStone's Mabini Adult Day Health has made a considerable positive impact on her mental health and happiness.Close story
“The patient should consider Stepping Stone Adult Day Health as an option. The Center is professionally-managed with a very caring Director, and very friendly staff. I myself is in the process to get one of my residents to join SteppingStone!” — Marco Cheng, Service Coordinator at Mercy Housing
"It was confusing managing our doctors appointments and keeping the paperwork straight; it was a constant struggle. Some of the medications we took made us sick. We feel so much better now and have peace of mind. Our son is so relieved."
Before attending Presentation Adult Day Health Care program, a husband and wife were having difficulties managing their health care, medications, and medical appointments.
As the result of joining our community two years ago, our nurses assisted the couple in eliminating unnecessary medical providers and prescriptions, which simplified and streamlined their medications to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. Additionally, the couple’s son, who was their primary provider, was given much needed respite.Close story
“Staying home is lonely and makes you feel weak but going to the SteppingStone Center makes me strong, happy, and healthy. The activities and the group make me good in health.” — Mr. L
When Mr. L first came to SteppingStone, he was very quiet and did not speak or smile. He could only ambulate with a walker. After his first year attending Presentation Adult Day Health, he became more talkative and began smiling. His wife reported a complete change in his behavior and demeanor at home. During his first year, Mr. L began participating in our Activity Program, where he developed a special fondness for arts and crafts.
During his second year with us, Mr. L started an exercise program that was specifically designed for him by our Physical and Occupational Therapists. He is now walking with a cane instead of a walker. Mr. L’s family is extremely happy with all of these positive changes that are the result of joining us at SteppingStone.Close story
“I am 92 years old and blind. I like to come to the Center because everyone helps me with everything — going to the bathroom, exercising, talking to me. It makes me happy. There is no one to help me like this at home. At home I am lonely.” — Mr. T
When Mr. T first came to SteppingStone, he was facing eviction because he forgot to turn off the stove inside his home. As a 92-year-old Chinese man who was blind and suffered from multiple medical problems, Mr. T was in dire need of our help. He hadn't slept for a week because he was so worried about losing his home. Our multidisciplinary team referred him for legal assistance. Mr. T ended up winning the case and was able to continue living in his home.
With the help of our dietician, Mr. T (who once only ate noodles) has improved his eating habits. He also sleeps better and finds that he is much happier since he first joined our ADHC program.Close story
"After my stroke, I could not speak. Moving around was hard. Then I came to SteppingStone. Special exercises and speech classes three days a week help me speak better. Now, everyone can understand me."
Two years ago, a 44-year-old Caucasian male suffered a stroke from an anoxic brain injury that left him partially paralyzed. He also suffers from an impaired memory and has difficulty speaking.
Having attended Mission Creek Adult Day Health three times a week for the past four months has provided essential respite for his brother who was taking care of him. It has also given him new friends, and an exercise program supervised by our skilled therapists to improve his physical functions, strength, and endurance. His work with the Speech Therapist has given him the ability to communicate better, too.Close story
"Coming here has been the best thing for my diabetes. Before my blood sugar was high and kept getting higher. The nurses taught me how to eat better to stay in control. The lunch program is good and gives me healthier options. I also enjoy the exercise and socialization." – Mrs. R
Before attending Presentation Adult Day Health five days a week for the past year, Mrs. R came to us with poorly controlled diabetes. As a result of her disease, she had poor vision and could not properly care for herself.
Once she joined us at SteppingStone, our nurses began checking Mrs. R’s blood sugar level daily and prepared her insulin syringes. The individualized care that she receives here has finally stabilized her blood sugar level. She now can enjoy a small portion of dessert from our Dietician-approved daily lunch program. Along with dessert, Mrs. R enjoys socializing with other Cantonese speaking participants, exercising in our gym, and playing Mah Jong and Bingo.Close story