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Adult Day Services can ease strain for loved one, caregiver

May 31, 2012

Photo by Victoria Stanish – Adult Day Services Program Director Linda Bankovich and Adult Day Services Aide Trudi Hanes enjoy an afternoon game with participants Fred Haas, Katherine Longhi and Anthony Scutella. The program offers adults who cannot safely stay alone for long periods of time an interactive, caring place to go during the weekday. The service is offering a trial period for any area resident who would like to see if it is a good fit for them.

ST. MARYS – Taking care of an adult loved one with progressive physical or cognitive disabilities can be frustrating for both the adult and the caregiver at times. A program called Adult Day Services can give caregivers respite and provide a quality atmosphere for older adults who can no longer be left alone for long periods of time-- and now area residents may take advantage of a trial run.
Adult Day Services, under the agency Community Nurses, Inc., provides a home away from home during weekly workday hours for older adults who cannot safely stay alone due to a physical impairment, memory loss or another effect of aging. Located at 625 Maurus St. across from Elk County Catholic High School in St. Marys, the program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides activities, socialization, personal care and nutrition services by qualified staff, including Program Director Linda Bankovich, L.P.N., who has extensive experience working with older adults.
"It's a wonderful program for the elderly and their families, and a lot of people don't know about it," Bankovich said. "It gives the older adults their own socialization outside of family."
The trial period is offered to area residents for a limited time and can be arranged by contacting Bankovich at 781-8253.

Pick up a copy of the Friday, June 1, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

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