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Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley welcomes back adults after pandemic

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 5:56 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Many businesses and non-profits took a hit during the pandemic, including adult care centers in our hometowns.

At the Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley, activities vary from music therapy to art projects.

“We provide the caregiver peace of mind knowing that their loved one is at a center where they’re being cared for, for the entire time they are here. We’re providing them with activities throughout the entire day, with meals, with bathing service, managing their medications,” said Mike Pyle, Executive Director.

Pyle says just like everyone else, the center struggled from time to time during the pandemic.

“We’re the little engine that could. Prior to 2019 we were averaging approximately 42 to 44 participants per day. Post-COVID, we now have approximately 28 to 30 per day... it did affect morale, of course. There was a great deal of anxiety about what the future was in store for senior care, not only for the adult care centers, but for assisted living, nursing homes. But now that COVID is in our rear-view mirror, we’re all sighing a breathe of relief,” said Pyle.

He says these services are vital to seniors and their caregivers.

“Seniors have cabin fever. Caregivers are very thrilled now that the centers are back open full-time,” said Pyle, who hopes more adults will come back to the center.

“Our doors are open. We’re waiting here with open arms to welcome our next participant,” said Pyle.

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