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WKU long term care students tour Barren River Adult Day Care

Twenty-seven students in long term care, a Health Care Administration course at WKU, were given an informational tour of Barren River Adult Day Care on Thursday (March 20) by two WKU alumni, Director Steve Creekmore and Recreation Therapist Brittney Childers.

Students in WKU's long term care administration program toured Barren River Adult Day Care on March 20.

Students in WKU’s long term care administration program toured Barren River Adult Day Care on March 20.

Owned and operated by Commonwealth Health Corporation, Barren River Adult Day Care provides help and support to adults who desire to remain active and engaged in social activities. Services are designed to meet the needs of adults who are physically impaired or mentally confused and may require supervision, medical and nursing care, increased social opportunities or assistance with daily living activities.

Before giving the tour, Creekmore explained that clients choose or need their services for a variety of reasons, to include socialization, a more affordable option to 24-hour nursing facility care, respite for caregivers, therapy or simply an opportunity to get out and about in the community. The center cares for an average of 65 individuals per day, ranging from ages 21 to 95, and focuses on providing care in small groups.

“Our organization has been awarded Kentucky Adult Day Care Center of the Year for the last three years (2011, 2012, 2013),” Creekmore said. “We put a lot of focus on placing clients in small groups of interest and/or need, to include Alzheimer’s care. Camaraderie is also very important to us.”

While touring, the students met one client who is a huge fan of WKU students and decided to join them for the remainder of the tour. They also met another client that explained to them that he needed support services of the center because he had Stage 3 Alzheimer’s disease and could no longer drive or stay at home by himself.  Students also learned about payor sources and the variety of activities that are offered on a daily basis.

The Long Term Care Administration course (HCA 345) is one of five courses required for the Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program offered by the Department of Public Health’s Health Care Administration Program. As part of the curriculum for the long term care administration course, students have five off-campus experiences that include tours of various providers across the long term care continuum. To date, students have visited a continuing care retirement community and an adult day care. Students will also visit and meet health care management professionals of home care, assisted living, memory care and hospice.

For information about the Department of Public Health’s programs, visit www.wku.edu/publichealth.

Contact: Melanie Eaton, (270) 745-5854.

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