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ACMH teams up with Lutheran SeniorLife to bring adult day care to Armstrong

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:46 a.m.

ACMH Hospital and Lutheran SeniorLife are bringing adult day care and other amenities to Armstrong County by next year.

The two organizations are breaking ground today for the 13,700-square-foot Life Armstrong County building. It will house an adult day care program focusing on personal care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, and other medical amenities to residents who qualify for Medicaid and have health problems limiting their independence.

The one-story building will be on Nolte Drive across from the ACMH Hospital Emergency Room and is expected to be finished by Christmas, said Callie Karaica, project manager and director of operations for physicians services.

“We're partnering with Lutheran SeniorLife to provide a comprehensive health care and support program to our older county residents,” Karaica said. “Our biggest goal is to foster independence for older adults, so they can have dignity and a high quality of life while remaining in their homes, instead of being placed in nursing homes.”

Along with personal care, the Life Armstrong County program will provide transportation, recreational activities, meals, dentistry, optometry and audiology services.

Karaica said the program will add at least 10 full-time jobs and several part-time positions.

Life Armstrong will be the fourth such operation offered by Lutheran SeniorLife. It operates programs in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

The program was announced a little more than a month after the Armstrong County Health Center ended its adult day care program. The county's program catered to a dozen residents and was losing roughly $45,000 per year because of a lack of participation.

Dave Battaglia, chairman of the Armstrong County Commissioners, said he is glad to see a similar program returning to the area.

“They're going to be able to provide care without dollars coming out of the taxpayers' pockets,” Battaglia said. “Anytime we can get quality services without relying on the taxpayers, Armstrong County benefits.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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