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ATCNRC allows local woman to return home

According to Wajda, the facility is successful. He recalls when his wife had to be admitted to the hospital and he saw tears in the eyes of her nurses and aides as she left the building. Those employees are at ATCNRC for more than just a paycheck, he said.

ATCNRC has 82 resident beds and employees close to 119 people - assuming the role of one of the largest employers in the greater Johnsburg area, according to Payne.

Interaction among residents through activities is one of the main focuses of ATCNRC. Jamie Reynolds, activities director has dedicated the last 16 years to building a tradition of special events, cognitive games, religious services, social gathers and exercise opportunities for residents.

"This could be a very depressing situation," she said. "Activities give residents a reason to get up in the morning and carry on a routine as well as providing encouragement and overall stimulation. This becomes their home."

Reynolds admitted that she often feels like she is caring for her own grandparents.

"It is literally family members caring for family members," she said as she noted the large number of local employees and residents who are acquainted outside of ATCNRC as well as within.

The rehabilitation program at the ATCNRC made a transition last July and became an entity of RehabCare Group out of St. Louis, Missouri and the transition has allowed the program to grow significantly.

"We were able to add a lot of services that we otherwise couldn't have provided," said program director Diana Dymond-Burns. "We were also able to make several new hires from a pool of local applicants."

The rehabilitation program now offers all disciplines of in-patient and out-patient physical, speech, etc. therapy on a more consistent basis.

ATCNRC also prides itself in offering adult day care for elderly individuals who still live on their own. The program runs weekdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with transportation provided. They serve meals to participants as well as host activities ranging from crafts to summer outings.

"We want to instill an active lifestyle in the day care participants," said program director Sue Stoddard. "It keeps them interested in life."

They also proved a host of services include laundry, medication pick-up and much more to day care participants. Full-time and part-time openings are available.

"It get me out of the house," said Merrill Becker of North Creek, who attends the day care program everyday. "I get to see different people and do different things."

For more information on adult day care, call 251-2447 ext. 325 and for more information on ATCNRC in general, visit www.adirondacknursing.com.

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