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Easter Seals hosting open house Wednesday

September 20, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- National Adult Day Service Week of Easter Seals will hold an open house Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help raise awareness of the availability and accessibility of one of the few adult day programs in Washington County.

The Easter Seals Adult Day Service Center is at 101 E. Baltimore St.

There will be tours, door prizes, food and activities.

"Many people think that the only care available for seniors and adults with disabilities are assisted-living facilities, nursing homes or in-home care providers. The Easter Seals model meets the same needs at a fraction of the cost," said Lisa Reeves, Easter Seals president/CEO.

Easter Seals provides medical and social day services to adults and seniors with a variety of disabilities. Eligible individuals require more support and attention than can be provided in recreational senior centers.

Persons served include those with visual impairments, advanced arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Other conditions may include depression, history of stroke, chronic respiratory disease and limited mobility. 

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Family caregivers benefit from the necessary respite that adult day services provide. Easter Seals uses individual plans of care to provide supervised recreational, rehabilitative and educational activities. The structured program helps clients remain as independent as possible, while receiving quality care in a safe and home-like environment.

"Although the center is licensed to operate at the high level of a nursing home, you will not see white coats walking the halls or feel like you are in an institution," said Lora Hawkins, local center director.

Easter Seals Adult Day Center has been open for 15 years and has served more than 2,100 Washington County residents.

"One in five Americans has a disability and one in four Americans is a caregiver. We want families to attend the open house, get a feel for Easter Seals and know they do not have to do this alone," Hawkins said.

 

 

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