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Jonesboro adult care center provides support

Special photo: Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox (foreground, from left), CSS Healthcare Services Chief Executive Officer John Agulue, and Jonesboro Adult Health and Day Support Center Director Brenda Roberts cut the ribbon to formally open the center, on Sept. 1.

Special photo: Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox (foreground, from left), CSS Healthcare Services Chief Executive Officer John Agulue, and Jonesboro Adult Health and Day Support Center Director Brenda Roberts cut the ribbon to formally open the center, on Sept. 1.

Patients at the Jonesboro Adult Health and Day Support Center can get supplemental health care, while engaging in therapeutic activities that incorporate Nintendo Wiis and bowling, according to officials from the center and the company that runs it.

The center, which is run by Jonesboro-based CSS Healthcare Services, opened in January as an out-patient rehabilitation facility. CSS Healthcare Services Chief Executive Officer John Agulue said the center is designed to mainly help meet the needs of elderly residents and other people (over the age of 21) who have mental disabilities.

He explained that while the center does have staff to provide health and social services to clients, it is primarily designed to operate in a supportive role for other medical providers in the area.

"We're here just to provide more support services to the health care community," Agulue said. "This is an extension of community care."

Earlier this month, CSS Healthcare Services officials held a grand opening ceremony for the center's new 3,600-square foot facility, located at 8896 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro. Company officials were joined at the event by Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox, Jonesboro City Councilman Wallace Norrington, and Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.

In a news release, center officials explained that they began the center to provide a "vastly needed resource for the adult population" by expanding CSS Healthcare Services' offerings to include "adult health and day support, respite care and comprehensive out-patient rehabilitation services."

The center offers patients physician and nursing services, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy and social and psychological services, and has a dozen staff members, including a doctor, registered and licensed practical nurses, and activity coordinators, according to center Director Brenda Roberts.

"We have a Jonesboro adult day care facility to meet people's health and social needs, because they may need assistance with that," she added.

Roberts said, however, that the center is not simply a mixture of a doctor's office and social center, and re-iterated Agulue's description of the facility as a center designed to serve as a supplement to other health care facilities, such as Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale.

She added that the center's goal is to be able to service up to 40 people at a time, although she added it is capable of handling as many as 60 people at any given time. The social activities offered at the center, Roberts added, are designed to help patients in therapy by focusing on a person's cognitive abilities.

"We have therapeutic activities that deal with the cognizance of the patient," Roberts said. "Regular daily activities include a variety of games, such as Wii interactive games, bowling games and computer games."

Roberts said people can find out more information about the Jonesboro Adult Health and Day Support Center, online at www.jahdsupportcenter.com. She added that additional information about CSS Healthcare Services can also be found online, at www.csshealthcare.com/. Call (678) 489-4122 for additional information.