Countryside seniors playing bingo.
Adult day care services are now available at Countryside Adult Home on Schroon River Road, due to a decision reached last week by Warren County officials.
For some weeks now, Countryside has been certified by the state Department of Health to provide the services for up to six individuals. Aug. 22, the county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to allow the home, which is county-owned, to provide adult day care.
The expansion of services was undertaken not only to provide new options for caretakers of adults who are in need of some supervision, ut also to help boost the revenue at the facility to offset its operating deficits. County taxpayers pay about $500,000 or so to cover its annual shortfall.
Many working adults choose adult day care to provide supervision and activities for elderly relatives.
The $45 charge for adult day care services that Countryside is offering is the least expensive in the region, according to Countryside Director Deanna Park.
The services are provided 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, scheduled activities and occasional field trips like apple-picking, picnics, shopping, and concerts or other community events. Routine activities include bingo, movies, baking, trivia games, crafts, card games, and billiards.
Clients have the option of participating in daily activities, or just relaxing.
Park said that Countryside will be billing in advance for services, but no-shows are not charged if Countryside is given some advance notice.
The day care program has other advantages, Parks said. It gives aging adults the experience of an adult-home environment, in case they need such services in the future, she said.
“Adult day care means family members don’t have to worry about their loved ones,” Parks said. “They can be assured of their safety and know that all their needs are being met, while they socialize, and keep their mind active.”