Adult Day Services can ease strain for loved one, caregiver

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.