Faith Viera offers adult daycare twice a week


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Church volunteers and guests participate in a chair exercise class.

Julie Sturgeon

Faith Viera Lutheran Church's adult daycare center offers a warm welcome and a flurry of activities for care receivers from 1 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

“This is basically a time of socializing for the care receivers,” said Fran Kashchy, a volunteer coordinator. “Our program is also for caregivers to have a much-needed break.”

Music, card playing, crafts, chair yoga and senior suitable exercises are among the choices for participants. There’s no need to worry about the price since the fun-filled afternoon sessions are free.

Monthly activities at the church include entertainment, movies and presentations.

While the program is small, the dedicated group of volunteers are eager to help more visitors.

“We have a good group of volunteers, so guests will have plenty of attention,” Kashchy said.

Caregiving for a loved one can be emotionally exhausting. Caregiving often is an around-the-clock job, and it helps to know there is some time during each week for a respite.

For families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, the job can be especially demanding.

“We are primarily targeted to stage one Alzheimer’s guests, but we are here for anyone who seeks companionship,” Kashchy said.

A few hours of social interaction for loved ones while caregivers shop or run errands can be emotionally rewarding.

Also, on the first Thursday of each month, Faith Viera offers a free caregivers workshop that is run by Hospice of St. Francis. Anyone interested in attending the workshop is welcome to drop off their loved one at the church care receiver area.

Caregivers should note that no medical services or assistance is provided at the church. With this in mind, there are a few house rules for afternoon guests.

Guests must be able to ambulate independently.  Use of a walker or cane is acceptable. Guests must be able to use the bathroom. They must have the ability to eat and swallow food to enjoy the snacks provided.

To find out more about the adult daycare, call Faith Viera Lutheran Church at 321-636-5504 or visit during one of the daycare sessions at 5550 Faith Drive in Viera.