By Ryan McNeill, Attorney
As we near the end of another year, it is hard to believe that a global pandemic has completely changed the way we interact with our friends, families, and loved ones. One thing that has not changed is the continued commitment and support The Life Center of Davidson County offers to those who need it the most.
The Life Center of Davidson County provides quality care for older and impaired adults. Its doors temporarily closed in March 2020 in the wake of the dramatic upheaval brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the organization paused services for seven weeks to develop a plan to safely serve one of the highest at-risk populations. On May 4, 2020, The Life Center reopened with additional safety protocols that allow them to remain the “home away from home” their clients and caregivers have come to expect.
This pandemic has increased the need for caregiver support beyond the doors of The Life Center as people are more socially isolated and financially limited. To expand services during this uncertain time, The Life Center applied for and received CARES Act funding to provide additional support to older and impaired adults and their caregivers. The CARES Act funds can be used for individuals needing day health services as well as for caregiver support.
With more families working and schooling from home, the need for respite care for older and impaired adults is increasing. Caregiver support services available are: Assistive and technical devices (Adaptive equipment, animatronic pets, hearing aids and table-type devices for communication); personal protective equipment (Gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol and hand sanitizer); incontinent supplies; liquid nutritional supplements; emergency bags; personal emergency response alarm systems; and contract services (Handy-man service, yard work and home modification).
The Life Center’s CaregiversOfDC.com website has updated resources and an interactive chat board for caregivers. The center also provides direct caregiver support, including one-on-one phone support, weekly virtual caregiver support groups and emergency planning.
For 40 years the Life Center has served the residents in the Davidson County community. Even during this pandemic, The Life Center continues to safely serve as Davidson County’s “Home away from home” for older and impaired adults in need. The Life Center has adapted its services to meet challenges we face to keep safe during this pandemic. For more information, please contact The Life Center at 336.249.2155 or visit www.LifeCenterDavidson.com.