Day Break Seeks Grant for New Facility

Day Break client Betty Garmon paints a hat , while behind her, Jerry Pruitt looks on. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Day Break client Betty Garmon paints a hat , while behind her, Jerry Pruitt looks on. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The senior center in Sheridan is seeking a state grant to support its elder care program.

Sheridan media's Pat Blair has the report.

Sheridan's Senior Center should know by January if the Wyoming Business Council will award a grant to the organization to finance a new facility for its Day Break program.

The center is asking $500,000 through the council's Community Development Block Grant program for a new 3,800-square-foot structure that would be larger and more homelike than the existing quarters in the senior center building on Smith Street.

Total cost of the proposed new building is $873,000. The senior center would match the block grant, if approved, with $373,000. The due date for announcement of grant awards is Jan. 15.

Day Break is an elder care program operated by the senior center since 1992 to provide a safe gathering place for adults who require assistance with daily activities, require health monitoring and supervision and/or who have experienced memory loss, cognitive impairment or a neurological condition. The facility also allows adult caregivers a chance to leave family or loved ones in a safe environment while they take a needed break, according to Day Break Director Barb Blue.

Pam Athey, a member of Day Break's staff and a caregiver, talked about the benefits the program offers to those like her who care for adults.

Day Break is open from 7:30 in the morning until 5:30 Mondays through Fridays, and individuals who would like to participate in the program are asked to call the senior center at 672-2240 and ask for Blue or Director of Family Caregiver Services Stella Montano.

The Day Break director said the program serves adults of all ages who meet the criteria. Participants may come at any time during the hours of operations, and for as many days a week as needed. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income, to make the program affordable.

“Some people come every day,” the director said. “Others may come only one or two days a week.”

She said the goal of Day Break is to promote independence, and a schedule and plan of care is customized for the individual's needs. Those attending Day Break are served breakfast and noon meals and morning and afternoon snacks.

Participants also are engaged in meaningful activities ranging from games to projects such as folding newsletters for Sheridan's Dog and Cat Shelter and putting identification stickers on the senior center's home-delivered meals.

Blue said the proposed new Day Break facility will, ideally, be located close to the senior center but in a separate building. Plans call for the new Day Break to have its own kitchen and dining room.

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