Living Life Adult Care Center receives donation from JBS
WORTHINGTON -- JBS presented Living Life Adult Care Center with a $5,000 donation Wednesday to help the facility purchase a vehicle and increase its marketing efforts.
"We see the need in the community for a facility like this," JBS Human Resources Director Jenny Andersen-Martinez said. "We understand that nursing homes are out of reach for a lot of families, so this is an option for a lot of people to be able to prolong their time at home and for their caretakers to have a break once in a while, too.
"The donation is part of JBS's ongoing effort to support organizations in the community," Anderson-Martinez added. "We regularly give donations to a multitude of different causes. This is a very nice facility, and we are excited to see it in our community."
Lori Klooster, owner of Living Life Adult Care Center, explained the JBS donation will be used to purchase a new vehicle to transport "guests" or clients of the facility.
"We are going to look at getting a vehicle to transport these people back and forth," Klooster said. "I think I'm giving rides to about 90 percent of the people right now."
The donation will also serve as matching funds for a Minnesota Department of Human Services grant for which Klooster recently applied. To meet the grant requirements, Living Life Adult Care Center is looking for additional matching funds through donations or volunteer time.
If secured, the grant funds will be used to promote and improve the facility.
"It will be used to meet the demands of expenses," Klooster said. "A lot of the other part of it is going to be marketing, because we've had to back off of marketing just because we haven't had the clientele that we thought. So a big part of it is marketing, the van and also purchasing things for the activity room."
Klooster noted that the funds will also be used toward purchase of a lift for guests who have difficulty getting in and out of reclining chairs.
Opened in September 2012, the center seeks to maintain elderly individuals' abilities to function and remain in their homes as long as possible through physical activity and mental engagement.
"We have really been increasing (our number of guests)," Klooster said. "We had two by the end of last year and, since January, we've picked up 15, and we have a list of seven more that are potential guests."
She added that the facility currently has eight to 10 guests daily, and that many guests stay for about four hours at a time.
Daily activities include card games, gardening, crafts, reading and meals and snacks. Guests receive medication administration, health monitoring and personal care, and those who have difficulty bathing at home can also use the facility's whirlpool.
Many of the center's guests initially learned of the Living Life Adult Care Center through local media, Klooster said, but many of the guests are now referrals from RSVP or similar programs. Guests' caregivers also spread the word about the facility to friends and neighbors who may benefit from having more interaction or additional care during the day.
Kathleen Keith started attending Living Life Adult Care Center after Klooster told her about the facility.
"I started coming a couple months ago," she said. "It's a good place to come socialize, enjoy activities and games.
Guest Harold King, who hailed the facility as "one of the best places I've ever been," is at Living Life Adult Care Center five days a week.
"They treat you like you are at home. They treat you like family," he said. "They have good food, the best bathtub in the county, and it gives the spouse a chance to do something during the day instead of being tied up like a dog."
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