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activities for the mind and body. Food for the soul. Friendship.
These are the essence of Kokoro Kai, our adult day program
designed for elderly Nikkei living in the community. Our goal
is to help participants maintain independence, enhance their
quality of life and promote health and wellness. If you have
an elderly relative who would enjoy conversation over lunch
with friends, benefit from mild physical and mental "exercise,"
and participate in outings in the community, Kokoro Kai is
the program of choice for your loved one.
Kai, which means "a meeting of hearts and minds,"
is housed at Nikkei Manor,
our assisted living facility in Seattle's International District.
The program days and times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
certainly appreciate all the nurturing that you
have given to our mother. It is quite evident
in the bright outlook and confidence that she
volunteers and participants of Kokoro Kai are
like family to my father."
-Kokoro Kai Family
niece encouraged me to come, even though I was
.it's the best thing I've ever done."
The schedule changes daily, but includes
activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, Japanese cultural
activities, and singing.
Every day, we have a morning "tea
time" and a half-hour of light exercise. Participants
also enjoy free time to play games or socialize with friends.
Delicious and nutritious Japanese and Western style lunches
are prepared on-site in the Nikkei Manor kitchen.
we provide door-to-door transportation in our wheelchair-equipped
buses for those who live within Kokoro Kai's bus route.
For others, arrangements can often be made with volunteer
drivers if family members are unable to bring them.
are the fees?
is a daily fee of $36 to help cover program costs. This
fee includes transportation, lunch and snacks, activities
and outings. Nikkei Concerns substantially subsidizes Kokoro
Kai since participant fees do not cover the full cost of
the program. For those participants who can benefit from
more individualized group activities, a smaller "class E" is available, at a cost of $40 per day.
Kokoro Kai is a great step for someone who
may be considering a move into Nikkei Manor. We also have
some participants from out of states or from Japan while
they are visiting their family or relatives.
are some benefits to me as a caregiver?
know that all full-time caregivers need opportunities to
relax and renew. While your family member spends the day
with friends at the program, you will have a break to go
shopping, run errands -- or just take time for yourself.
For more information, please contact
Kokoro Kai Director