Monday, February 12, 2007

Companion Day Services connects children, students and seniors

By Sara Riedel, CSW, Companion Day Services Director, 715-387-4411

Taking care of a senior spouse, grandparent, parent or loved one, especially if he or she is in need of regular supervision and assistance, can be difficult. What do you do if you need to work during the week, attend medical appointments or just need time away to focus on yourself? Is your loved one able to stay at home alone? If not, Companion Day Services can help. We’ll look after your loved one when you are not able to. Let us help you get your life and the life of your loved one back.

Companion Day Services (CDS) is a Social Adult Day Service program. CDS is part of the Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center opening soon in Marshfield. The center will provide three interacting services: child care, adult care and a Human Services Academy Charter School under one roof. The facility is designed to bring generations together to interact and support one another. We will provide “learning for all ages and care for all stages.” We will be the first in the nation to offer this combination of services.

CDS is designed to meet the needs of:
1) Adults who are recovering from a recent illness, injury or surgery
2) Frail or socially isolated adults living at home, alone or with a caregiver
3) Adults experiencing a decrease in physical, mental or social functioning (including those suffering memory loss).
Participants of CDS may be facing different challenges, such as loneliness, forgetfulness, depression or the frailties of aging. Others face obstacles like strokes, early Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, cognitive disabilities, Down’s Syndrome as well as other illnesses or injuries.

Participant needs will be met through our comprehensive programs designed to:
1) Help delay the progress of a participant’s existing disability
2) Preserve or improve the participants health and level of functioning
3) Maintain a participant’s level of independence
4) Establish an individual plan of care based on an assessment of personal needs and strengths
5) Assist with activities of daily living and personal care provided in a safe and secure environment
6) Provide nutritional meals and snacks.
7) Foster companionship through social interactions with other participants, children and students

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving more information about Companion Day Services, feel free to call Sara Riedel, CDS Director at 715-387-4411 or email at

Thanks to our Marshfield Community for their support.