Local Agency Gives An Alternative To Nursing Homes

7 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 26 2010 Oct 26, 2010 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:28:37 PM CDT October 26, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - Adult Day Connection is the only state licensed adult daycare in Boone County. Unlike traditional nursing homes, Adult Day Connection provides seniors with exercise, nutrition and socialization opportunities during the day, and allows them to go home at night.

But Amy Byergo of Adult Day Connection, says it's a program many people are unaware of. "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, and they don't need that full 24 hour round the clock care."

Dorothy Rankin is a lively 91 years old.

She sits along Otie and Stan, the three have become such good friends that they've gotten a nickname. "The Three Amigos," as Byergo likes to call them.

Rankin has a different nickname for their group: "The Three Musketeers."

She jokes that her two friends sit on either side and giver her compliments to make her feel better.

Rankin's daughter, Marcia Walker, says her mother enjoys the socialization. "She just comes for half a day, but she stays through lunch, and she loves it, sometimes she's ready to go on Saturday and Sunday."

The Heart of Missouri United Way has been working with the program since it began 21 years ago, they fund 20 percent of the program.

Byergo is a believer in the positive effects of Adult Day Connection, she says bringing seniors into the program may help them stay independent longer.

And as one participant put it, "I love Adult Day Connection, my family."

They are like family.

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