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It’s a win-win experience.

The DayBreak program at the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus offers caregivers the ability to tend to other obligations – their own medical appointments, family necessities, job-related duties, etc. Or caregivers, who can get overwhelmed by the stresses of meeting needs of an ailing or aging loved one, could also use the time to relax and “recharge.”

The program, offered in conjunction with Ottawa County Senior Resources, also offers individuals who attend the chance to participate in social and recreational activities in a safe and homelike atmosphere.  

“Before the individual’s first visit, we hold a conference to determine what the family and the client hope to get from the program,” said social worker Meleny Bonnell.

The program staff, which also includes activity aides and nursing personnel, then creates an individualized program designed to meet each person’s needs so his or her current functioning abilities are maintained and in some cases, improved, Bonnell said.

Individuals with physical and cognitive impairments at any level are accepted. Those who need it receive assistance with daily activities.

“Being able to socialize and participate in engaging activities can be especially beneficial for those who live alone or for those who are experiencing cognitive impairment,” Bonnell said.

Program participants who are there for lunch enjoy a nutritional meal and snacks are available throughout the day.

DayBreak also offers showers for a nominal additional fee.

For caregivers who don’t have a backup or extended support system, the program can be a godsend.

“It gives the family members a break and it benefits the client too,” Bonnell said.

“As a social worker here at Riverview, I tell families who are taking patients home from skilled care to remember that the adult day services are here if they feel like they need a break,” she said. “The caregivers and the individual feel a level of comfort because they’re familiar with Riverview.”

DayBreak, which recently gained a contract through the Veterans Administration, is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $35 for four hours and $65 for a full day. The program is Passport Certified and financial assistance is provided through Ottawa County Senior Resources Options Program.

For more information, call program coordinator Suzanne Witte, LPN, at 419-898-2851 at ext. 208.

Riverview, located at 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, also offers respite stays of five days or less.

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus has a contract with the Caregiver Support Program through the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio to help caregivers with financial assistance and a respite benefit may also be paid through a hospice benefit, German said.

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