CLINTON — Doctors recently told 76-year-old Earnestine Steward of Ogden that they were concerned about her being home alone during the day, fearing she might fall and hit her head.
Steward’s daughter, Caroline Weatherstoon, wasn’t sure how to help her mom until she heard about the Country Niche Adult Day Care Center in Clinton, a place for adults who may need extra care in a safe environment for the day.
The center is filled with activities all day long, giving caregivers comfort knowing their loved ones are in a good environment while they go to work, run errands or have some respite from their tasks taking care of a loved one.
Country Niche has been around for more than 10 years, but just recently re-opened after a few months of remodeling. For Weatherstoon, it has become a place where her mom looks forward to going each day.
“My mother is just happier when she goes because of the one-on-one attention, how they greet her, and all of the activities they do for her” said Weatherstoon. “It gives my mother something to do every day rather than just sitting at home.’
That is a comment frequently heard by Kyrsten Parkinson, who has worked as a certified nursing assistant at Country Niche for five years.
“I’ve had families frequently tell me that their loved one just sits at home watching TV or sleeps a lot,” said Parkinson. “Here, seniors can stay active, make friends and have something to look forward to.”
The center essentially becomes like a family for their clients, many of whom struggle with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or Parkinson’s. They even see younger people who deal with mental handicaps, Downs Syndrome, or the aftermath of a stroke.
“It’s a little getaway for families needing a break, which is a big thing for caregivers, especially ones doing it 24-7,” said Parkinson.
The center adapts activities so everyone can participate. Those who are blind have an aide to help them, some who can’t exercise while standing do similar exercise sitting down, while others who struggle to talk exchange hand signals with the nurses.
“It is so much fun to see their eyes light up and to know you are giving them something that sparks their interest,” said Parkinson.
Some of the activities at the center include crafts, bowling, music, miniature golf, memorization and card games and even the hokey-pokey, bringing back memories from childhood for many.
“How depressing to be at home all the time and not have the ability to get out and socialize and mingle,” said Patient Care Coordinator Dana Neville. “It’s for their mental well-being. We truly all need the fresh air and environment.”
Lunch and snacks are provided in addition to a transportation bus for anyone desiring pick up or drop off between Ogden and North Salt Lake.
For more information about Country Niche Adult Day Care located at 2179 W. 1800 North #D, call 801-436-5727.