Founding Director of Adult Care Services (ACS), Susan J. Rheem, had a vision and passion for opening an adult day care in Prescott, AZ. Her vision soon became a reality in 1982 with the help of the Foundation for Senior Living, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and a group of advisors. With strong leadership and dedication 30-plus years later, ACS is still serving participants today.
Serving adults 18 years and older, The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Care Center participants experience: health monitoring by a nurse, activities, classes, assistance with walking and eating, transportation, safe and secure facilities and more.
Now overseen by Executive Director, Yvonne Napolitano, she is making sure that they continue to provide quality care, service, and life to adults who are dealing with health issues including: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and other disabilities – along with her dedicated staff.
Although, all adults with these disabilities that meet their criteria are welcome, 50 percent of their participants are veterans. This is why DVNF’s Organizational Grant Program during the 2015 summer session was so important to ACS.
“The Susan J. Rheem Care Scholarship Program was created to assist individuals from low income and under-funded circumstances who would not otherwise have access to needed care programs and services,” said Yvonne. “Lack of care can often result in negative behaviors, consequences and events including isolation, depression and suicide.”
Yvonne added, “The Susan J. Rheem Care Scholarship Program helps ensure that individuals in need have access to care and services regardless of their ability to pay. The grant money is utilized for veteran scholarships.”
DVNF’s grant has made an impact by covering the remaining cost of what VA provides for the veterans receiving their services. Yvonne explains that typical funding by the VA only covers services for 1 – 3 days per week, and often, this is not enough support for the veteran or their caregiver.
Many new veterans frequently enroll in one of the three-day programs at ACS, and the center currently has 88 veterans enrolled.
Yvonne wants her current and future participants to know that when joining The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Care Center community, they will have friends and will be well cared for.
For those wanting to learn more about this organization or sign your loved on up for their services please visit: www.adultcareservices.org.
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