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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Senior Resource Association's board of directors announced plans for a senior services improvement initiative that will enhance adult day services and senior activities programs.
"As the only licensed adult day care provider in the county, we are obligated to continually assess how we can best serve these clients and their family caregivers," said Karen B. Rose Deigl, president/CEO of the Senior Resource Association
"After careful evaluation, we have taken into consideration the highest need, our obligations to serve the community and the best use of resources that are available to us at our Vero Beach location."
Built in 1952, the building that houses SRA's adult day services program is the oldest at the Vero Beach location.
Although many facility-related improvements have been made to the building over the last six years, it was not feasible to further retrofit it to meet clients' needs without rebuilding the facility. Options included: renting a different facility and relocating; using one of the existing buildings or initiating a capital campaign and rebuilding.
As a result of the nonprofit organization's board of directors and management's extensive evaluation and assessment process, the Schumann Center, the current fixed-location Senior Center in Vero Beach, will be prepared for adult day services licensing.
"While our ultimate vision is to conduct a capital campaign for a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the diverse needs of older adults, we need to address the needs of the adult day services clients and caregivers now, and therefore chose the most practical temporary option available to us at this time," said Ms. Deigl.
"With only minor modifications, this interim solution will enhance existing physical and cognitive activities and allow us to serve additional participants."
Subsequently, over the next two months the Senior Resource Association will transition its activities for independent older adults, from the current fixed location at the Schumann Center in Vero Beach to other locations in the county.
Working with community partners to enhance its programs, the organization will provide well-rounded educational, social, physical and spiritual activities at locations throughout the community.
Senior Resource Association provides recreational, cultural and educational programs for active older adults, assists seniors and their families in finding resources and delivers quality, professional services that meet senior's individual needs.
For more information, visit www.seniorresourceassociation.org.