This week Clermont Senior Services celebrated the opening of the new LBD Welcome Center, which houses the adult day services program. The new center is located next door to the agency’s administrative office at 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive.
The LBD Welcome Center provides a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for older adults with physical and cognitive impairments.
The majority of the 55-60 older adults who attend the center each day suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Others have physical limitations from the affects of a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or other chronic disabilities. LBD Welcome Center staff provide activities for the participants that are mentally and physically engaging and fun.
The Welcome Center is also a blessing to caregivers, offering relief from the stress of providing care around the clock seven days per week. Without the LBD Welcome Center many caregivers would be overwhelmed and faced with the difficult choice of placing their loved one in a nursing home.
A plan to relocate the adult day services program has been in the works for several years, but the move only took one day. This is because the program was formerly located just across the parking lot in the Senior Wing of the YMCA.
Actually, the roots of the adult day services program date all the way back to 1979 when Lois Brown Dale, founding director of Clermont Senior Services (and the “LBD” in the Welcome Center name) created a program to specifically serve older adults who had experienced a stroke.
Lois named the program “GAINS” because the goal was to help the participants Gain Assistance In Necessary Skills. The GAINS program was located in a little white house that still stands on the grounds of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, a longtime partner of Clermont Senior Services.
The Senior Wing of the YMCA was a joint venture of the Clermont Y and Clermont Senior Services dating back to 1987. Lois Brown Dale was looking for a location to construct a countywide senior center that could serve active older adults and also house the GAINS program. Lois approached the YMCA with a plan.
The Y would provide the land, which would serve as the local match requirement for funding through the Ohio Commission on Aging to add a Senior Wing to the YMCA, which had been completed in 1985. Under this plan the YMCA would own the Senior Wing and lease it to Clermont Senior Services at a competitive rate for 25 years.
Through a secret plan hatched by Bob Proud, who worked for Clermont Senior Services, the Senior Wing was named the LBD Friendship Center when it opened in March 1987. Over the past 25 years Clermont Senior Services and the YMCA have enjoyed a great partnership, sharing space and program activities.
In 2000 Clermont Senior Services began using the Senior Wing exclusively for adult day services, and the name was changed to the LBD Welcome Center. Realizing that the lease of the Senior Wing was scheduled to terminate in March of 2012. a plan was needed to relocate the adult day services program.
When Clermont Senior Services purchased the Eastern Area United Way complex in August 2007, the agency was able to expand its offices, which was much needed, and set a plan in motion to renovate and expand the former childcare center owned by United Way to serve as a permanent home for the adult day services program.
This was accomplished through a low interest mortgage guaranteed by USDA Rural Development, and at less cost than the alternative of trying to lease a comparable facility. The new LBD Welcome Center will accommodate up to 94 participants per day, which will meet the needs of the program for many years to come.
If you know of a family that could benefit from the services provided at the LBD Welcome Center, please encourage them to call us at (513) 724-1255.
George Brown is the executive director of Clermont Senior Services.