HELPING HANDS
Central Florida Health News|April 2021
Adult Daycare Stimulates Minds While Offering Caregivers a Change of Pace
JULIE BUTTERFIELD

It wasn’t too long before Change of Pace’s Administrator Cora Schwingel realized that it wasn’t just the caregivers getting a break at the adult daycare in Sebring; the clients loved it as well.

Since 2012, Change of Pace has offered a safe place for clients with dementia or Alzheimer’s to enjoy activities with others while caregivers can do, well, anything they’d like. Caregivers might use the time to indulge in activities they once enjoyed. Others use part of the time to simply rest.

Naps aren’t part of Darrel Heckman’s agenda, though. He’s in the process of filling out the paperwork to register his wife, Ruth, who holds a doctorate in education. She was diagnosed with dementia three years ago.

He plans to revisit activities in which he used to have more time to indulge.

“I’m going to continue to declutter the house,” he said. “(I’ll play) golf. And I love the woods. I like to shoot, so to get to do some of those things would be very pleasing to me.”

Heckman goes to Memorial United Methodist Church for one of the three support session locations offered by Change of Pace, led by Schwingel, where he found out about the daycare.

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