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Adult day care helps keep seniors active
by Sarah Cooper
Jun 24, 2010 | 1693 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Billye enjoys a table game Thursday with Jeff Dold, director of the More to Life Adult Day Health Center. Dold said the center will help seniors suffering from dementia stay active both mentally and physically. More to Life is located on Prater Way near Vista Boulevard in Sparks.
Tribune/Debra Reid - Billye enjoys a table game Thursday with Jeff Dold, director of the More to Life Adult Day Health Center. Dold said the center will help seniors suffering from dementia stay active both mentally and physically. More to Life is located on Prater Way near Vista Boulevard in Sparks.
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SPARKS — Sepia photographs of generations past hang on the freshly painted walls of More to Life Adult Day Care in Sparks. Each smile tells a story, many of which might float through the new center as it begins its infancy.

More to Life Adult Day Care Center opened on Prater Way near Vista Boulevard on Wednesday. The center is the first of its kind in Sparks and provides care for mainly older adults who need supervision during the daytime hours.

Owner Jeff Dold hopes to collect family photos from those he and his staff will care for to put on the walls.

“It gives a sense of nostalgia,” he said.

The new business offers 2,000 square feet of space. High-back lawn chairs with pillows dot one area of the facility’s wide open room. Two large tables, one with a glass chess set, fill the middle of the room while a pool table sits in the back. Behind a side wall where board games are kept in a closet, a small couch and bookshelf make up a secluded reading room. Outside, a wooden deck slopes down to a small AstroTurf golf course.

Kitchen facilities, a washing machine and dryer as well as four bathrooms, including one with a shower, are also a part of the facility.

Dold had to jump through the hoops of a city code change to open his facility. Sparks had no zoning designation or guidelines for his type of business.

“They just said the code was antiquated and they didn’t have the staff to make the change,” Dold said.

Now, with a changed code and his fully operational facility, Dold is ready to help those who have trouble helping themselves.

The facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours open by appointment only. While the center will not accept any clients who are in bed, bleeding, violent or contagious, it will accept those who just need some attention while their caregivers are at work.

“When we were introduced to this concept, we saw a match between our values and a need in the community that was not being met,” Dold said. “We wanted to fill the gap between independent living and dependent living.”

More to Life is staffed by eight caregivers, four of whom are licensed practical nurses (LPN) and one of whom is a registered nurse. According to Dold, staffing levels could change depending on how many need care on a specific day.

Nurses are also licensed to administer medications throughout the day as needed. Seniors will have to relinquish their pills upon arrival just to be sure that no sharing is going on, Dold added.

Each client’s daily schedule of activities will be given to their doctors for approval. No hour will be left empty as those at the center talk about current events, stretch and exercise, write down memories, do crafts and compete on the Wii viedo game system.

“They are going to go home somewhat tired,” Dold said.

Costs for the day care depend on the person’s needs and can range anywhere from $55 to $85 for a full day or anywhere from $30 to $45 for a half day.

“The simple way to communicate our pricing is that it is flexible to match the level of care required,” Dold said.

The 16-year Sparks local aims to give back to a community that he says has given him and his family a lot.

“We want to provide more than a center to care for seniors,” Dold said. “We want to offer more to life.”
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