Agency Provides Adult Daycare for Seniors
COLUMBIA - Seniors often fear the dreaded "nursing home," but a local agency provides an alternative to the "old folks home." Unlike the nursing home, this is a place older adults look forward to going to, and is the only state licensed adult day care in Boone County.
Several dozen older adults attend the agency during the day to socialize but go home at night. Program director Amy Byergo said many seniors don't realize that adult daycare is a possibility.
"They jump to the next logical step, which is nursing home care, and some of those people really could benefit from adult day services where they come to us during the day and get to go home at night," she said. "They don't need that full 24 hour round the clock care."
Heart of Missouri United Way has worked with the program since it began 21 years ago. The United Way funds 20 percent of the program.
"It's very cost effective, if you look at a person who has been here over the course of 15 years, on Medicaid, Medicaid pays for our service," said Marcia Walker, mother of an Adult Day Connection attendee. "They pay almost twice as much for a nursing home bed."
Adult Day Connection works with seniors with a variety of conditions, including Parkinson's Disease, Cerebal Palsey and Alzheimer's.