Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A new day care facility is now open in North Augusta – with a twist. The center is for senior citizens, not children.
Michele and Dr. Joe Holt saw a need in the community and decided to transform Joe’s office space into Pine Heights Senior Adult Day Center.
“When health care changed and we could no longer afford to keep our doors open, Joe looked at the facility and looked at the demographics for the seniors,” Michele, program director and CFO, said. “We will actually provide services for the senior community that’s not ready for in-home care or the nursing home, the ones who need interaction, socialization and activities to keep them busy. That’s what brought on the whole idea. It’s always been in us to give back to the community, we’re just in a different generation now: seniors instead of kids.”
The Holt family worked with foster kids for 13 years, helping to keep families together even after a child had been removed from a home.
Now, after renovating the 116-year-old facility, the Holts hope to have created an environment for seniors to thrive.
“Each room has been completely remodeled,” Michele said. “We stripped out wallpaper, we looked up colors that would be soothing for a client that had dementia or Alzheimer’s, and based on those color pallets, that’s what we picked for the rest of the furnishings.”
According to Michele, Pine Heights Senior Adult Day Center is going to offer programs for physical, cognitive and spiritual wellness.
“We’re going to offer Silver Sneakers, which is a partnership with the Family Y where a personal trainer will come in and do physical activity three days a week,” she said. “We also have Wii games and other various games we’re going to do that work with the cognitive therapy. We’re going to have several organizations, like the Center for Aging and the Arts Council, who will do painting with the seniors. We’re going to have Bible studies from all of the churches, so that no matter what denomination you are you can have your faith with treatment.”
With the Holts hoping that it can grow in the future, the facility is approved for 28 seniors by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Pine Heights Senior Adult Day Center is located at 1117 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 803-474-8878 or visit csraseniors.com. The center also has a Facebook page at Pine Heights Senior Adult Day Center.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star.