Alternative Services

Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment activities experience community integration; direct and indirect therapies including occupational, horticulture, music and pet therapy; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. Clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote optimum achievement of outcomes.

Adult Day Services

With a desire to build a community-based program, Merrick moved Adult Day Services (ADS) to the Franklyn Center in downtown North St. Paul in 2012. The comprehensive day program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing setting.

Merrick strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. We use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate.  Clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities. ADS facilitates group events, activities, and outings based on suggestions from the clients.

Merrick, Inc., has been providing day services to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Ramsey County since 1964. We offer a mix of day training and habilitation services, supported employment services, Ticket to Work and adult day services for more than 375 clients. Merrick is the largest I/DD provider in Ramsey County with a 50-year history of leadership in person-centered planning, meaningful work options, operational excellence, and continuous innovation.

Program Focus

Adult Day Services provides the health, social, and nutritional services necessary to decelerate loss of function, maintain status or improve the client’s capability for self-care as directed in each client’s Individualized Care Plan, to improve socialization skills, and encourage meaningful social experiences with non-disabled peers in the general community. We offer on- and off-site social & leisure activities (e.g. arts & crafts, horticulture, pet therapy, music, social skills games, shopping, tours); physical therapy, and self-advocacy activities. We promote Person-Centered Planning and choices made by the clients. The ADS program strives to be an integral part of the North St. Paul community where clients have meaningful social interactions with members of the community, contribute through acts of volunteerism; and in turn, enjoy opportunities for members of the community to share their time and talents as program volunteers.

Client Profile: Individuals with an Individual Care Plan (ICP) indicating a need for non-vocational support services.
Program Day:  Five hours (Monday–Friday) 
Staff to Client Ratio:  1:3, 1:5 or 1:8
Program funding: CADI, CCSA, DD Waiver, Elderly Waiver, Medicaid, TBI Waiver depending on the client’s resources, or private pay.

Staff Contacts

For information regarding Merrick’s Adult Day Services, you can contact

Ermelinda Zamora
Center Director
(651) 788-9107
ermelindaz@merrickinc.org
      Therese Timbers
Service Lead
(651) 788-9107
thereset@merrickinc.org