Being a caregiver is one of the more challenging tasks there is.
Whether tending to a parent, a grandparent or a child with a disability, the weight of the world often comes crashing down on caregivers’ as they shoulder the load of taking care of themselves while simultaneously tending to the needs of another.
Most people who find themselves in the caregiver role didn’t choose it, they took it upon themselves out of bare necessity. They think, “If I don’t provide for my loved one 24/7, who will be able to do it in an adequate manner?”
The answer to that question lies within the services provided by organizations such as Shiloh Center Adult Day Services. Shiloh Center, 114 E. Military Avenue, opened Nov. 7 as a sister-branch of Shiloh Place Assisted Living, which has been in Fremont serving residents for the past two years.
Shiloh Center offers individuals with a need for a structured and supervised environment the opportunity to interact with their peers in an inviting, community setting, information released by organization Administrator Cyndi Whitten says.
While Shiloh Place houses 14 individuals, Shiloh Center has a 50-person capacity. Currently, Whitten said that she is looking to fill spots at the Adult Day Services location. Currently, about 10 people she serves at Shiloh Place utilize the services provided at Shiloh Center.
“We are looking for people who can benefit from our services,” Whitten said during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday afternoon.
Throughout the day, more than 48 people came through Shiloh Center’s doors to celebrate the organization getting its jump-start into the Fremont community.
Whitten explained that she has always been passionate about helping others. Serving individuals in the assisted living community for more than 25 years, she has learned the ins and outs of what the people she serves need.
While working as a medication aid in Lincoln years ago, Whitten realized that she may be able to better serve people in a more personalized, homey environment.
“What I was finding in the field where I was working was that I would love to be able to offer a more home-like environment – which is what we also have over at the house (Shiloh Place),” she said. “We want it to be very home-like, very family oriented. We want people to walk into this place (Shiloh Center) and take off their shoes, grab a mug off the wall, fill it up with cappuccino and cuddle up with a good book.”
On Tuesday, three residents of Shiloh Place Assisted Living were enjoying themselves at Shiloh Center.
One of these people was Chris, who has found a bigger sense of drive and purpose since joining the Shiloh family.
“I’ve been here two years now, and I feel like I’ve gained a lot more respect being here,” he said. “When my grandfather died they cared about me and gave me respect here.”
Then there was Sallie and Erik, who spoke about the fun activities they participate in during their days spent at Shiloh Center. Not only are the activities fun and engaging, they are beneficial, Whitten said.
Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. participants benefit from nutritious meals and a variety of carefully planned, therapeutic activities geared toward their interests, released information says. Some of these activities include life skills classes, computer access, cooking/baking and bible studies.
In addition, Shiloh Center also provides medication monitoring, assistance with showering, nail and hair care, laundry service and other health services, each with an individualized plan.
Shiloh Center serves individuals starting at 19 years of age, Whitten said. One resident benefiting from services is 80, she added.
Whitten loves what she does, and the role she plays in helping people live the best lives they can.
“I love interacting with my residents,” she said. “I just love the one-on-one time we spend together, and then to just hear their stories of how much better they feel being able to come to day program is amazing. They all come from different backgrounds, but take solace in being here and spending time with each other. It’s so rewarding.”
For more information in regard to services provided, registering a loved one or pricing, people are encouraged to contact Whitten at 1-402-208-8859, or visit www.ShilohADS.com.