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Setting the standard in the state: The Homeplace will be focus of Public Broadcasting-produced video on adult care

A home that helps others help themselves will be the focus of the Georgia Public Broadcasting System when it visits McDuffie County tomorrow.


Robert Williams fills a fountain wth water at The Homeplace.

The Homeplace, an adult day care center, will be featured in a video designed to promote mobile day care centers for senior citizens, according to Homeplace president and Family Care, Inc. owner Claire Russell.

"The State of Georgia is creating the video and while we are not considered mobile day care, it was felt this facility is proof of what mobile day care can turn into," Mrs. Russell said

Mrs. Russell said the idea for mobile day care centers was brought about by CSRA Area Agency on Aging executive director Jeanette Cummings.

"In rural counties, under the mobile day care scenario, a nurse may provide service to adults twice a week. The mobile day care idea is in the early stages with many rural areas showing an interest, thus the timing of the new video," said Mrs. Russell.

"Previously, the CSRA Area Agency on Aging established a mobile day care facility at the Methodist Church. It was the first mobile day care centers in the state of Georgia. When the effort ceased, Family Care, Inc. was contacted by Ms Cummings about continuing that effort through a mobile day care." said Mrs. Russell. "After talking with Dr. Jamie Lemley, The Homeplace was born."

Located on Wrightsboro Road, the home is the former homeplace of two local physicians, Drs. Jamie and Bob Lemley. Their dad, Dr. John Lemley, served as a family practitioner in the area for many years.

During a tour of the facility, Amy Jenkins, RN for The Homeplace, explained some of the facets of the facility as individuals listened to the piano, watched a movie in one of the brightly lit rooms or watered plants outside.

Ms. Jenkins said the aim of The Homeplace, a division of parent agency Family Care, Inc., is to enable clients to get the most of their independence and be happy receiving cost-effective, supportive services in a holistic, compassionate and respectful manner.


Steve Holbert, from Sweetwater Baptist Church, plays the piano for (from left) Robert Williams, Annie Neloms, Louvenia Hamilton and Louise Sturgis.

The nurse said one of the hallmarks of The Homeplace is their ability to become one with the client.

"Whether it's helping them organize and order their medicines or just sharing one-on-one with them, we try to make them know they are special through our personal service," said Ms. Jenkins.

Open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Homeplace currently averages close to a dozen clients a day, while having a capacity for 24. The $7 an hour cost for the center's services is usually covered through private pay, government programs and some insurance policies.

Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004

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