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New adult day care program clears first step

An adult day care program was praised by Woodbury Planning Commissioners last week, who said the city is in need of such amenities as the population ages.

Cerenity Senior Care plans to utilize space at St. Ambrose Church for an adult day care program that got the Planning Commission's approval Monday, April 15.

"I think this whole idea is a really good one," Commissioner Kay Hendrickson said.

The program, dubbed Cerenity-Marian DayAway, would use a 1,920 square-foot room at the church to accommodate up to 20 adults on a given day.

Program director Sharyl Kaas said participants go through an assessment process to figure out how they fit into the program and the types of activities they'd benefit from.

Although there will not be a nurse on site, Kaas said those with high medical needs such as dementia will be monitored closely by staff.

The program will service 20 adults each day, however, not everyone will be able attend every day of the week.

"You don't want any more than that because it gets to be institutional," Hendrickson said.

The program will offer a variety of social activities, exercise, music, physical and occupational therapy, Kaas said.

"Spiritual is a huge component," she said, but added that it will not be limited to church members.

The project was approved by the Woodbury City Council Wednesday, April 24.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services also needs to give the project proper licensing before Cerenity begins operating the adult day care program.

So far it has been well-received by the St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community, Rev. Tom Walker said.

"We believe that there is a substantial senior population in the greater Woodbury area that we're still catching up with, in this part of Washington County, with meeting the needs of the growing senior population," he said.

Three years ago, Woodbury's 65 and older population was at 5,164, according to census data gathered in 2010.

And with a large portion of the population between the ages of 40 and 65, it's anticipated that senior housing, services and programs will continue to expand in Woodbury.

"We just agree strongly with Cerenity," Walker said. "Anything that we can do to help people stay in their home and access services is a positive thing."

Riham Feshir
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