The mission of Circle Center Adult Day Services is to provide comprehensive and individualized quality care for older adults during the day, enabling them to live at home and providing assurance and respite for family caregivers.
Under the direction of the new CEO, the Center’s 2015-16 achievements included:
Opening of the newly renovated 5,100 sf of space
Census increased 16% from July 2015-June2016; with an average of 88 participants per day; overall, served 200 participants
Staff grew with addition of: 1 RN, 1 Social Worker, 1 Music Therapist; providing more support, coverage and opportunities for our participants
Annual Survey of family caregivers results: 96% reported the Center helped them cope; 96% said the Center met their needs for help with caregiving; 96% reported use of the Center’s support and educational resources; 96% reported the Center helped them maintain valued life roles such as worker, caregiver, volunteer and/or member of a faith community
98% of those employed reported Circle Center services helped them maintain their job
2016-2017 Goals include:
Delay or prevent nursing home placement by keeping families together
Support continued community living
Maintain or improve participant’s functional abilities and copying skills, and
Improve the quality of family life
Additional goal is to increase daily census to 100 participants.
Circle Center Adult Day Services has been providing licensed adult day services for older adults and their family caregivers living throughout the Greater Richmond area since May 1, 1976. The non-sectarian Center was founded by an ecumenical group of five Fan District churches and was housed in the Fan until 1986, then on the campus of another human service organization until January 2009 when it moved to its current location at 4900 West Marshall, near Willow Lawn.
Circle Center serves a diverse population of older adults ranging in age from 55-100+ and representing varied socioeconomic levels. Currently, 100% of those serve are already nursing home eligible yet live at home with relatives, receiving care at the Center 2-6 days a week. Their family caregivers are primarily adult children and spouses or other close relatives, 70% of them employed. Families use Circle Center as a source of care for their loved one and as a way of maintaining their own work role, and/or as source of support and respite from the 24/7 demands of caregiving.
It is a myth that most impaired older adults are in institutional/residential care. In reality, 80% of all eldercare is provided by families in their homes. For each person in a nursing home there are four who are equally impaired living at home, in neighborhoods all around the community. Nine of ten (9/10) Boomers say they want to age in place at home and Circle Center is well positioned to meet their needs in coming decades. Already the Center is a pioneer and leader in community-based eldercare with a long-established program that substantially exceeds licensing requirements, a highly qualified staff, six-day-a-week program for continuity of care and to support working caregivers, a state-of-the-art facility with a recently expanded footprint to almost double service capacity as demand increases in coming decades. Additionally, the Center has an active student intern program to help build service capacity in future decades. The agency has a long history of demonstrated cost-effectiveness. As the Chief Executive Officer at Circle Center, I intend to honor that history and look forward to meeting the challenges of the future of healthcare and its impact on the elderly population.
As its names suggests, Circle Center was founded by several churches in the area surrounding Stuart Circle in the Fan. The Center has enjoyed strong support over the decades from its founding churches, including St. James’s Episcopal Church, where I am a member. I followed a retiring assistant rector of St. James’s as the church’s representative on the Circle Center Board. I was drawn to Circle Center and its mission because I had recently witnessed the tireless efforts of my parents to help my grandmother remain in her home after suffering a stroke. That experience opened my eyes to the complexity of eldercare, and the clear need for adult daycare and respite.
One of Circle Center’s ongoing successes has been a diverse and active Board of Directors. Indeed, many Board members continue to support the Center long after their tenures expire. This past year as Board Chair, I oversaw the transition of leadership from our CEO of over 35 years to our current CEO, Amy Bodman. Amy served as a Board member and then joined the Center staff as Chief Operating Officer for roughly a year, as she prepared for her new role as CEO. Thanks to the support and guidance of our Board, the transition has been smooth.
Our most exciting challenge this past year has been the opening of our newly renovated wing allowing us to increase our licensing capacity from 85 to 130 participants. This growth in physical space has brought about the need to increase our census, bring on new staff to accommodate the growing number of participants, increase programming in multiple locations, and, most of all keep all of the pieces running smoothly with as little disruption to our participants as possible. I am delighted to report that in this first year of multiple transitions, Circle Center was able to end the year on sound financial footing. We are proud of our building, staff and facilities and work to preserve and support these areas.
Circle Center will continue to meet the challenges of an aging and growing population, along with their financial needs. In an effort to serve older adults throughout the Richmond area regardless of their ability to pay, we face the challenge of Medicaid’s allotment falling below the cost of providing our service. We are active in our pursuit of grants from community funders, as well as individual donors.
Amy C. Bodman, previously the Chief Operating Officer at Circle Center, has 24 years of health care management experience in varied acute and long term care settings. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College and earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. She is a licensed occupational therapist. Her experience in the rehabilitation and community-based long term care industry helps further develop and maintain our award-winning participant programs and services as well as address the increasing regulatory demands that our industry faces. Amy is a respected and caring practitioner who is well qualified to provide continuing leadership for the care that our talented staff members provide every day for our participants and their families.
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