By MIKE WILLIAMS
Plans to construct the Pulaski Adult Day Service and Fall Prevention Center continue to move along, and a capital campaign to raise money to help furnish and operate the facility is ongoing.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin soon at the site of the former Dublin Primary School at 211 Fifth Street in Dublin near Dublin Middle School.
When constructed the Pulaski Adult Day Service and Fall Prevention Center will help adults who need assistance to continue living in their homes and communities by providing care to supplement home-based services provided by family members or home care providers.
It can be a viable option for people faced with moving to an assisted care facility or nursing home.
Adult Day Service facilities such as the one planned for Dublin provide a cost-effective solution for family caregivers by allowing relief from caregiving duties during the day.
Long-term caregiving in the home by family members is emotionally, physically and financially costly to caregivers. Statistics show that between 25 percent and 35 percent of people in the workplace are providing care for a disabled family member, neighbor or friend.
The center in Dublin will allow caregivers to continue working, knowing their loved ones are well cared for during the day.
Even for caregivers who do not work outside the home, adult day services provide an important respite to allow for socialization, errands and recreation for the caregiver. Short term relief from caregiving duties can refresh and renew the commitment to caregiving.
The Fall Prevention Center inside the facility will strive to reduce and prevent falls among older residents of the community.
Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall every 14 seconds and an adult dies following a fall every 29 minutes.
When it opens the staff of the Fall Prevention Center in Dublin will provide in-depth fall risk assessments and generate individualized plans for fall prevention.
The dream of establishing the Pulaski Adult Day Service and Fall Prevention Center actually began in 2008 when a community assessment determined the need for adult day services in the county.
The dream more recently moved a big step toward reality when a volunteer group applied for and received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
The dream turned into a real project when it was awarded a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to construct the facility.
Realizing the grant money can only be used for construction of the facility, its board of directors embarked on a capital funding campaign to raise an additional $500,000 to furnish and equip the facility, create a therapy garden and to provide quality programs.
The capital campaign still has a ways to go, and is presently facing an important deadline.
June 30 is the deadline for the facility’s board of directors to finish raising about $6,000 in matching funds to receive a grant of $25,000 from a philanthropic organization located in the New River Valley. If the $6,000 is raised the center’s board will have the opportunity to earn another $25,000 matching grant before the end of the year.
Those wishing to donate to the Adult Day Service and Fall Prevention Center effort can do so by visiting the center’s website at www.pulaskiadultdayservice.org and use a credit or debit card to make their donation.
Or you can mail a check to: Pulaski Adult Day Service & Fall Prevention Center, Inc., P.O. Box 877, Pulaski, VA 24301.
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