published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Rehab center offers Spring City people adult day care

* Name: Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center, a Signature HealthCare Community Center

* Location: 331 Hinch St. in Spring City, Tenn.

* Service: Nursing home and physical therapy, along with a selection of at-home extended care, such as meal preparation and grocery shopping, after patients have left the center.

The adult day service opened in July and is furnished with recliners and a couch for watching television or visiting with other patients. Patients can play bingo or complete puzzles, get haircuts or manicures, stroll through the center's garden or take part in a variety of activities during their stay.

* Price range of services: Robin Beaver, a certified nursing assistant, said that private care costs could average $10 an hour, for up to a 23-hour stay. Services would cost less to the patient, if insurance pays or helps with the cost.

* Target market: Caregivers, who need to run errands but need someone to watch over a loved one, can use the service.

* Biggest hurdle: Beaver said that "letting people know what it is" about and the services offered to its community has created an obstacle to overcome for the facilitators.

* Challenges: Beaver is in the process of completing the necessary certification to process insurance payments for the company's adult day patients.

* Future community goals: Beaver said that community involvement is important. "Everyone should visit the elderly," she said.

-- Kimberly McMillian is based in Rhea County. Contact her at kdj424@bellsouth.net.

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