MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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June 4, 2011

LIFE provides adult day care program for senior citizens

— LIFE Inc., (Loving Involvement for Elderly) was founded in 2004 with the mission to provide an adult day care program for senior citizens residing in Muskogee and the surrounding areas.

The nonprofit, community-based program provides daytime activities and care for adults over 60 who are functionally impaired, frail, or partially disabled who cannot be left alone during the day. The goal is to help them remain in their homes and continue to be a part of the community despite their disabilities. As the only elder day care in Muskogee County, LIFE Inc., serves all communities in Muskogee County as well as communities in the surrounding counties. Transportation is provided within a 10-mile radius of the center, and clients living outside that radius can meet the van to ride part of the way to the center.

The center offers a wide range of programs that allow seniors the opportunity to socialize and exercise. Each day is filled with activities that provide physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual stimulation. In addition, an individualized plan of care is developed for each participant based on their needs and interests. Physical, speech and occupational therapy can be provided on a contract basis.

Some of the activities offered include games, puzzles, field trips, aerobic exercise and gardening. Field trips are held every three months to destinations including the Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma Aquarium, Gilcrease Museum and Port of Muskogee.

The next field trip will be June 15 and features a visit to Bodies, the Exhibition, in Tulsa followed by lunch and shopping at Woodland Hills Mall.

The gardening program provides an opportunity and incentive for participants to get outdoors and exercise. Seniors select seeds, plant them in outdoor pots and tend them throughout the season. Plans are being made to install two in-ground beds at the center, one for vegetables and one for flowers, and volunteers are being sought to help break ground for the beds.

LIFE Inc., is staffed by a full-time executive director and part-time professional staff including an activity director, a case manager/registered nurse, a certified dietician, nurses’ assistants, and therapists. In addition, a number of volunteers from throughout the service area provide expertise and services in a variety of ways. The organization is currently serving 11 clients and has openings for 15 more.

LIFE Inc., is located at 701 S. Third St., #3591 in Muskogee and is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A hot continental breakfast, hot lunch and two snacks are served daily. Costs for the program include a $50 registration fee and a daily rate of $45 for six hours of care and $4 for meals. Hourly care is available at $7.50 per hour. LIFE Inc., accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Advantage, and Department of Human Services payments.

For more information about the services LIFE Inc., can provide for you or your loved one, contact Cheryl Harlin-Jones, executive director: (918) 261-5639 or (918) 682-3887.

To recommend an organization or program for an upcoming column, contact Rebecca Walkup at (918) 683-4600 or rwalkup@thenonprofitresourcecenter.org.

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