Senior care program provides a fun, safe option for caregivers

Being a caregiver for aging parents can be challenging for families. Juggling work and family life while caring for a senior with special needs can add stress and daily scheduling complications. Luckily, the senior care program at Kootenai Health is a community-based program to provide for the special needs of senior citizens and the respite needs of families and caregivers.

“The coffee pot is always on,” Diana Ring, program coordinator, said. “We love having visitors stop by and take a look at our new facility and program. Bring a friend and play bingo!”

The program features activities specifically designed to address the special needs and interests of participants and helps them remain active by promoting independence while reducing social isolation and providing a safe, loving environment. Each client and family receives a personalized care plan and, if appropriate, assistance with personal care needs.

“Our staff are specially trained and understand the needs of each individual,” Rings said. “They provide the care and service they would want for their own family members.”

Open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the senior care program has a specially-trained, fully-qualified staff dedicated to attending to the needs of clients. They include certified nursing assistants, a licensed social worker, an activity assistant, and a dedicated group of volunteers. All staff members are trained in treating Alzheimer’s disease and are certified in CPR.

INFO:  (208) 625-5354.

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