Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:00 am

By Tonia Moxley 381-1675

Construction is set to begin next month on a new adult day care and fall prevention center in Dublin.

The project, spearheaded by Linda Davis, a behavioral health nurse and graduate of Radford University’s doctor of nursing practice program, had to overcome a major obstacle when its previous location was found to be unsuitable.  “We were faced with unforeseen renovation problems and higher-than-expected construction costs for renovating the old Newbern Elementary School,” Davis wrote in an email. “It was a difficult time, but we persevered.”  Pulaski County recently approved an alternate site at 211 Fifth St. in Dublin on the former Dublin Primary School site. The old school building had already been razed, so the day center project could begin construction from scratch, Davis wrote.

Construction on phase one of the project is expected to begin in the first week of November and be completed sometime next year, Davis wrote. The first phase is funded in part by a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant, and will include a 4,200-square-foot adult day care facility and fall prevention clinic, a covered drop-off area, parking and a small outdoor area, according to Davis. The facility is licensed to serve 30 adult day care participants at a time, and the fall prevention program is expected to serve up to 450 patients a year.

The fall prevention program will provide risk assessments, balance and gait assessment, medication assessment, vision and hearing assessment, home hazard assessment, muscle-strengthening classes and ongoing follow-up, Davis wrote. The program is working to raise $250,000 by Dec. 31 to pay startup costs. Davis wrote that in September the project submitted a $500,000 grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission to help fund a phase two 1,880-square-foot Geriatric Education Center at the same location.

A nurse since 1979, Davis entered Radford’s doctor of nursing practice degree program in 2010 with the idea of gaining skills to fill a growing need in her community for caregiver respite services. Davis’ mother, Bernice Davis, developed vascular dementia in her 70s, and the family struggled to find the best ways to care for her. That experience inspired Linda Davis to found a day service to help other families struggling to care for ailing loved ones.

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