GVNA celebrates National Adult Day Services week 

  • Representative Susannah Whipps presented Lynn Scott, Activity Coordinator at North Quabbin Adult Day Health Services a citation noting National Adult Day Services week. Submitted Photo

Published: 9/27/2019 9:31:18 PM
Modified: 9/27/2019 9:31:09 PM

ATHOL – Former President Ronald Reagan designated the third complete week of September to raise awareness of the availability and accessibility of adult day programs nationwide. During the week of Sept. 16-20, National Adult Day Services week, the clients of the North Quabbin Adult Day Health program, 1471 Main St., enjoyed special guests who enhanced their activity program.

Clients were entertained by the music of Elvis and the R.O.M.E.Os, and participated in a bell choir under the direction of Marion Leslie. They also enjoyed therapeutic dog visits by a Great Dane named Rush from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and Officer Clarence, a St. Bernard from the Greenfield Police Department.

Client Appreciation Day included a presentation of a certificate to each client noting their special attributes. State Representative Susannah Whipps presented a proclamation from the House of Representatives.

GVNA HealthCare, Inc. has offered Adult Day Health Services in its present location since 2007. Kathy Kilhart, RN, BSN, MSN Elder Services Director said many people are not aware of what these services are and that they can help alleviate worries that family members have about the care of their loved one.

“Our adult day centers are designed to meet the physical, functional and social needs of elderly and disabled adults who are unable to live independently,” she said. “Our centers and staff can provide for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and/or medical needs, as well as those seeking socialization. Our professional team assures that attendees’ physical, social, nutritional and emotional needs are met” by a team consisting of a nurse, activity coordinator, social worker, nutritionist and program aides.

Kilhart said that anyone interested in visiting any of the centers on a day that is convenient for them and their loved one is welcome to call for an appointment. “It gives us the opportunity to show clients, first-hand, the benefits of sending your loved one to an Adult Day Health Center.”

For more information, call the center at 978-248-9470.

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