- April 20, 2016
Picture a 1950s-style town, filled with vintage memorabilia, midcentury storefronts and even a 1956 Pontiac. That’s what you’ll find when you step into Town Square University Parkway. The unique adult day program is geared toward seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other mobility issues. This reminiscence therapy helps evoke happy memories.
Located on Lockwood Ridge Road off University Parkway, Town Square will open in the weeks to come and can accommodate up to 120 people each day. To become part of the Town Square family, potential members will participate in an assessment that examines their physical and cognitive abilities. In addition to determining if the person is a good fit for the program, the assessment results help place members with other like-minded members.
Town Square operates on a planned schedule, with directed activities taking place in each storefront daily. Members rotate to the different areas with others in their assigned group. Activities can range from playing trivia in the movie theater to planting herbs in the garden shop. An open area has lawn games like cornhole and a putting green, and the neighboring PetLand will bring animals weekly for pet therapy.
Unlike most other adult day programs, Town Square also has a medical component. It offers primary care, lab services and psychiatry, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy five days a week. Podiatry, dermatology and audiology are available quarterly. These services, along with an on-site hair salon and barber, are aimed at making life easier for the members’ caregivers. The one-stop shop concept means the caregiver can work full-time, run errands or enjoy a deserved break during the day.
A caregiver support group holds sessions once a month, facilitated by Alzheimer’s Association, and monthly educational events teach family members how to help their loved ones and how to care for themselves.
“Our goal is to be a resource for families in the community,” Betts says.
Another way Town Square will aid local residents is by offering an array of membership packages. After paying a one-time fee, the daily rate varies. The more visits per week, the lower the daily cost. Town Square will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you would like to learn more, make plans to attend the FREE GRAND OPENING on March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m click here. Besides facility tours, you’ll also enjoy live entertainment, food & vendor booths. All proceeds go to non-profit foundation, “All 4 the Members.”