Etcetera - 06/06/12

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While scoping out the action during Diversity Day in Pioneer Park June 17, be sure to visit The Adult Day Center's information booth to learn about its services.

The nonprofit program is part of The Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave. Clients can attend any time during the day, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, said Audrey Renaud, program manager.

In addition to a noon meal, the day center offers a variety of activities, such as learning about the topic of the day, light body movement exercise, crafts, art, keeping math and reading skills sharp, cooking (no stove involved), making cards, playing games like bingo, Jingo, Parcheesi, Monopoly and dominoes, music programs, entertainment and watching movies.

"We try to gear the activities to the preferences and abilities of our clients and everyone is encouraged to participate. We have a small garden, and often spend time on the back patio working the garden and doing our activities out there," Audrey said.

Participants get the benefit of a great team, she said. Audrey is a certified teacher and ex-fire department dispatcher/C.N.A. The staff's registered nurse also coordinates the activities and volunteers include a retired licensed practical nurse, retired speech therapist, past elementary school teachers' aides, retired in-home caregivers and a retired nursing home worker, Audrey said.

"Our staff is artistic, imaginative, compassionate, caring, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to the clients and each other. In short, our clients benefit from the staff here at the Day Center due to the nature of the experience that is found within," Audrey said.

The center's clientele are a broad range of ages and include people with Alzheimer's, dementia, brain damage, illnesses or conditions that necessitate a caregiver and other considerations.

Most have caregivers, either family or professional. "For four hours a day, these caregivers can get a break, destress and do something for themselves," Audrey said.

Family or home members transport clients to the program or they utilize Dial-a-Ride.

There is a charge for the service, and area agencies, such as Aging & Long Term Care, Department of Human Services and the Veteran's Administration, will help with expenses.

The program welcomes additions to its client base, Audrey said. They're in need of three to four full-time clients to keep the doors open four days per week.

"By the end of this month, if we don't have the client base, our program will reduce to three days a week. We'll accept all referrals and welcome visitors who'd like to find out about the program," she said.

For more details call Audrey or Lynda Cheney at 509-527-0771, or email adcww@bmi.net.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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