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Alzheimer and Dementia Care Services formed to offer services to community

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services
alzcareservices.org
419.720.4940 phone
419.720.4941 fax
2500 N. Reynolds Road
Toledo, OH 43615

Cheryl Conley, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, works with Salli Bollin, executive director of the new Alzheimer and Dementia Care Services organization.

There is an organization with a new name serving citizens of Sylvania. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services offers adult day services and respite programs for families living with dementia. When over 70 Alzheimer Association local chapters throughout the country merged and incorporated into the national association, some services offered by the local Chapter needed to be spun off into a new entity. Several members of the staff and board members of the Alzheimer’s Association realized there were specialized services unique to northwestern Ohio that had been developed under the original organization and are important services for the community.

“We made the commitment to form this new organization to continue these services. We worked closely with local board members from the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and the national association to spin off the programs,” Bollin said.

“The staff and the board wanted to figure out what makes the most sense and what is best for families in our community,” she offered.

Those services include the Adult Day Program where families drop off their loved one for the day. In addition, a short-term respite program works in conjunction with the Area Office on Aging, Caregiver Support Program, and local nursing homes and assisted living providers to help caregivers meet one-time needs such as overnight stays, supplying a wheelchair, or installing door alarms when needed.

According to Bollin, the Adult Day Center opened in 1993 and has the capacity to care for up to 50 adults.
The center is open
Monday through Friday from
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“This is the only free standing dementia-specific day center in the area. Not only does the Day Center provide a safe and enriching environment for our clients, it also offers respite for their caregivers. This allows people to continue to work during the day or to do other things while their loved one is being cared for here,” she reported. While participants pay according to their ability, the program is subsidized thanks to the Area Office on Aging Senior Levy and the Monroe County Commission on Aging.

Cheryl Conley serves as program director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. “We continue to work together to help and support those with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” she said.

“Our main focus is on education, research, and caregiver support,” she offered. “We work with schools, legislators, and the general public to raise awareness. We also work with professionals in giving better care and with people in the early stages of dementia. We provide support groups for caregivers and those with early-stage dementia,” she said. “We also offer a 24/7 Helpline,” Conley said. “We don’t duplicate services, but offer complementary ones,” she added.

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