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The Homeplace opens doors for Alzheimer's Date Night

For those seeking respite care for their loved ones suffering from chronic neurodegenerative diseases, there's no place like home - The Homeplace, that is. The Augusta Regional office of the Alzheimer's Association is now sponsoring a "Date Night" at The Homeplace for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or dementia diseases.

"It's to help family members, because family members are trying to keep their loved ones at home instead of putting them in a nursing home. And everybody needs a break," said Lynn Witt, LPN Manager at The Homeplace, Inc.

Ms. Witt said the opportunity is open to anyone with a family member that has a doctor's diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or dementia. They do not have to be a member of The Homeplace.

Date Night is from 6-10 p.m. the second Friday of each month. Those attending will receive a meal and enjoy activities and care provided by Certified Nursing Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses. Ms. Witt suggests registering early because paperwork must be filled out regarding medical care, including a doctor's diagnosis. There is no charge for the evening, as the service is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

"The caregivers can have a night out, to go eat, to go watch a movie, or to go to Wal-Mart to shop without the stress of worrying about them and knowing they are taken care of," Ms. Witt said. "It's to help them keep their sanity."

The Homeplace, Inc., is located at 1324 Old Wrightsboro Rd., N.W. For more information, contact Claire Russell at 597-1890.

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005


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