Liberty Regional Medical Center plans to construct a 5,000-square-foot adult day health-service center on the Coastal Manor long-term care facility campus in Ludowici.
“The Hospital Authority of Liberty County identified a need in 2009 to extend nursing and rehabilitative services provided by Coastal Manor in Ludowici by establishing a facility model of adult day health services called Coastal Manor Daybreak,” Chief Long-term Care Officer Elise Stafford said.
The Coastal Manor, a Liberty Regional Medical Center facility, provides 24-hour nursing services, rehabilitation therapy and a specialty-care unit.
“Unlike Coastal’s nursing facility, members enrolled into Daybreak will not stay overnight or on weekends,” Stafford said. “The center will be a community-based, medically oriented day program that provides social, medical and rehabilitative services to enrolled members who are functionally impaired.”
As soon as the construction loan is authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, work will begin on the proposed center in Long County.
Daybreak won’t be the only center that offers adult day health services in the area. The Senior Center in Hinesville and the Georgia Infirmary both offer adult health services.
Adults with chronic illness and those requiring assistance while recovering from severe illnesses or injuries are eligible to enroll in the new Ludowici facility. An on-site clinical staff will work with clients, and two different levels of care will be offered. Level one mainly will involve supervision and minimal assistance, and level two will consist of specialized nursing services or rehabilitation therapy.
“The goal is to provide social, medical and rehabilitative support to families who are caring for loved ones at home so that they can remain ‘at home’ longer and to use preventive measures to keep them out of hospitals and nursing facilities,” Stafford said.
Program will keep members active during their time at Daybreak. Trained recreational aides will organize arts and crafts, gardening and exercise activities. Pet therapy, cognitive games and electronic interactions also are on the agenda.
“A volunteer program will be organized to promote community involvement,” Stafford added.
Services are available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. While there is no limit to the number of members who can enroll, the center can serve only 50 clients at a time. The cost ranges from $40-$65 per day, depending on the types of services required.
“Members enrolled in the Daybreak will have to pay privately unless they have insurance with adult day health coverage,” Stafford said.
The center is in the process of becoming Medicaid-certified. When it is certified, members with Medicaid benefits may enroll.
Adult day health-service center applications can be obtained by calling Stafford at 912-545-3392 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.