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CADS fills a need

Monday, February 13, 2006

Some of the clients of the new Adult Day Care are (seated, left to right) Nina Van Dam, Elaine Flannigan. Nancy Statler and Lynn Smith. Standing are (left to right) Adult Day Care worker Kathy Dyslin, LeRoy Rupp of the Cherokee Knights of Columbus, Director Lisa Langlitz and Assistant Director Mary Carey. Thursday was puppy day at the Day Care and the clients received a visit from Samai.
(Photo by Ken Ross)
Cherokee Adult Day Services (CADS) has recently opened at Cherokee County Work Services. Cherokee County Work Services (CCWS) provides work activities for people with disabilities, primarily mental disabilities.

CADS is a program that allows people to spend time in activities other than working.

"This service is for people who are getting older and work is not as much of a priority anymore, whose production level is low or getting lower or for those who just need another option for the day," according to Lisa Langlitz, director of CADS.

A need for those who no longer benefit from (CCWS) but need a place to go to avoid isolation was seen and acted on, with help from the Cherokee County Knights of Columbus. The Knights annually raise money to help out at the CCWS. This year, funds raised were used for the CADS program.

"We're extremely grateful for everything the Knights have made possible for us," said James Tracy, executive director of Cherokee County Work Services.

In order to make space for the adult day care, an addition was built onto the main working area of the CCWS. Besides opening up space for the adult day care, it created a more spacious work environment.

The adult day care has a large living room quality with couches, stuffed chairs and tables.

"We will provide activities, crafts, outings, day trips as well as many other activities. The possibilities are endless," said Langlitz.

Individuals can participate on a full-time or part-time basis. Pick up and return to and from home is taken care of with the CCWS van. Meals are provided or people can bring their own.

An activity is scheduled every day but people can choose not to participate, spending time however they choose.

Tracy noted that some people are transitioned into the Adult Day Care from work center, spending part of the day for each.

The Adult Day Care is certified by the Department of Inspections and Appeals. It will go through an accreditation process later this year for purposes of qualifying for Medicare coverage.

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