Timberline adult day care is welcome service to family | SummitDaily.com

Timberline adult day care is welcome service to family

For those of us in Summit County who toil daily as care-givers for loved ones, a much needed service, the Timberline Adult Day Service, has opened its doors at the new Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.

Our daughter, Maria, who received a severe head injury in an automobile accident more than 23 years ago, is enrolled in the program. This is the first time since the accident that my wife and I have been able to have regularly scheduled time to ourselves, without having to plan for Maria’s supervision.

It also gives Maria an opportunity to socialize with other people. Not only does she have the opportunity to develop her social skills, but she also gets to play games and brush up on her reading and writing on the computer with some educational programs. She also helps with serving snacks and lunch.

The director of Timberline, Candace Selk Barnes, has had wide experience in program development, not only with people who are handicapped, like Maria, but seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s and related disorders such as strokes, developmental disabilities, etc.

Mountain Mobility provides transportation door to door. Maria will sit by the window waiting for her “school bus,” as she calls it, to pick her up in the morning. The program runs from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., at which time the bus takes the clients home. As the demand increases, Mountain Mobility will make more transportation available.

Summit County has always been a great place to live, not only for winter sports, but for a growing number of summer activities as well. Up until now, my wife and I have been limited. With the opening of Timberline, all that has changed. We can even go out to lunch by ourselves. As the numbers of people who are served by Timberline grow, the number of days it is open will also grow.

It the is kind of program that we have been looking forward to for many years. Now, it has finally become a reality. If you, or some one else you know, might be interested in this kind of adult day service, give Candace a call at (970) 668-2952. Just tell her that Bill and Gerd sent you.

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