A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held July 11 for Headwaters Adult Day Services, located at 1009 Hollinger Drive in Park Rapids.

The center specializes in providing licensed, daytime care for those who are 65 years old and older or those under 65 with medical needs.

Daily programs are aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults, according to Director Steve Schoener.

The center received its license in late May and may serve up to 20 clients. Services include social, educational and recreational programming.

"We'll be implementing more programs as we go," explained Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) Executive Director Laura Johnson. "Really the goal of the program is to be flexible, depending on the interests of the people that participate, making sure we find varieties of activities that are stimulating and enjoyable so that people want to be here."

The DAC manages the center.

Music and art therapy is available, along with a structured exercise program.

"We're always looking for volunteers" willing to share their favorite hobbies, Schoener said. Fran Gack offered to sing, for example.

A commercial kitchen is located within the center. Participants receive nutritious meals and two healthy snacks.

"We do have Meals on Wheels delivered, and so we can serve that from here, or whip up a meal," Schoener said.

A registered nurse consultant can review and monitor health concerns or medications.

The Park Rapids American Legion provided a television and stand for the center, while the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter provided two lift chairs and file cabinets. The DAV Auxiliary donated money specifically for the purchase of dishes.

Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer Jerrold Bjerke said, "We are grateful to the DAC to help our veterans in the community by providing adult day services."

Transportation is available.

Headwaters Adult Day Services also offers support services and resources for caregivers.

Costs may be covered by county waivers, Veterans Affairs benefits or private insurance.

Prior to this job, Schoener worked at a nonprofit residential care program - similar to Heartland Homes - in Mankato for 32 years. He was executive director for 21 years.

"We're very excited to have someone with so much experience and background and willing to go back to direct care," Johnson said.

The DAC anticipates the center will outgrow the current space, she said, "so we already have drawings. We have a location, so once we've built up participants we will go to our board for approval to build a larger space and more services as well, like bathing."

For more information, call the Headwaters Adult Day Services at 218-366-3031.