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Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program - The Galveston County Daily News : Professionals

November 27, 2014

Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 am

Positive Change

Libbie’s Place is much more than just an adult day care — it’s a place where friendships are forged and fun is had all day long. In the words of a few of our participants, it is “beautiful,” “awesome” and a great place to meet other people. We serve seniors age 55 and older who are experiencing decreased physical functioning, memory loss, depression or social isolation.

Socialization is not a new concept, but it’s now being recognized as an important part of seniors’ overall health. For many of our participants, the changes are easy to see. They become more alert, eat better and are more physically active.

The overall structure of Libbie’s Place is innovative and adaptable, allowing each individual’s needs to be met. It also allows all seniors to take part of activities without any stress or fear of not being able to complete an activity, giving each person a sense of accomplishment and boosting their self-esteem.

Libbie’s Staff

Our professionally trained staff are prepared to meet the individual needs of our participants. Care Associates Gloria Gonzales, Betty Wells and Theresa Williams assist participants with activities and personal care.

Luci Gonzalez, our certified Activity Director, plans and leads our daily activities. Laureen Vasquez, LVN, our full-time nurse, helps with medications, health education and medical care as needed.

RN consultants Lisa Stewart, Ann Gonzales and Yvonne Mack focus on the needs of our veterans.

Alice Williams is the Executive Director and a licensed social worker. Heather Wilson is our Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, who keeps our office running smoothly. We also have two great bus drivers, Lance Anaya and Frank Dryden, who safely transport our seniors to and from Libbie’s Place each day.

We Support Family Caregivers

Asking for help is the first step to meeting the challenge of caring for a senior family member. Libbie’s Place works closely with local doctors and other health care professionals to coordinate quality care for our senior participants. Students from UTMB School of Nursing complete a community health rotation and medical students also visit our program to better prepare them for caring for their older patients.

A monthly community caregiver group is provided the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held at Moody Methodist Church in Room 120.

Libbie’s Place offers a financial assistance program based on a sliding scale for qualified applicants. Qualified veterans may also receive financial help from the VA. Many long-term care policies also help cover the cost of attendance.

Our mission is to serve all seniors and their families in need of our senior adult day care services.

How You Can Help

Libbie’s Place welcomes volunteers to help out with all of our daily programs. Volunteers bring various talents and opportunities to the participants, such as gardening, piano playing, pet visits and crafts.

Libbie’s Place is a nonprofit community outreach mission of Moody Methodist Church, a United Way of Galveston agency and SECC campaign participant.

Individuals and groups can support our senior participants through financial donations to our Saints for Seniors fund. All proceeds directly support daily operations at Libbie’s Place.

Engraved bricks also can be purchased in honor or memory of a special person in your life to be placed in our garden. Funds support our financial assistance program.

Libbie’s Place is located at 5402 Ave. U in Galveston, on the Moody Methodist Church campus. Mailing address is 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, 77551. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Libbie’s Place is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, licensed by the Texas Dept. of Aging and Disability Services. For more information, call 409-741-2538 or email Alice Williams at alice@moody.org.