My heart sank when I heard a vital program at the Walla Walla Senior Center will be cut back to three days a week if it doesn't get more clients by mid-July.
My father has been attending the Adult Day Care Center four days a week for the past eight months and it has been a godsend. This program targets seniors with mental and physical limitations. It provides social interaction, physical exercise, a nutritious hot lunch and skilled, friendly staff four days a week.
The staff even helped us arrange funding and transportation (Dial-a-Ride).
Every time I drop by I receive a warm welcome, and I see my father actively engaged.
The Adult Day Care Center prevents caregiver burnout. It is saving our tax dollars by delaying the use of more costly care-giving alternatives. And it is helping seniors maintain their independence and dignity as long as possible.
If you know someone who could benefit from these services, have them call Audrey, program manager, to arrange a visit. Even if you don't sign up, she is a wonderful resource for any family facing the challenges of caring for loved ones.
The Adult Day Care Center needs more clients to keep operating four days a week. Spread the word. Use it or lose it!