Doing Good: Caregivers Find Hope and Help at Village House Adult Day Program

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA) -- - Caring for a someone who needs constant supervision can be a taxing experience. Members of the Bella Vista Community Church created the Village House Adult Day Program in 1988 to provide a place that could help keep loved ones safe, supervised and entertained.

"I decided to move somewhere where there was a daycare program, "Doris Rasico shared. 

Doris Rasico and her husband Bill lived in a very rural area. Due to his deteriorating health Doris Rasico was unable to leave her husband alone.

"My husband started having problems with Alzheimer's and he became real difficult to take care of, and I was very shut in," Doris Rasico explained. 

Doris Rasico realized she needed help and found the Village House, which provides daily respite care for her husband as well as those like him who rely on their caregivers.

"This allows you to bring them, keep them safe and secure with qualified staff that provide nutritious meals and safety and supervision along with assistance with their activities of daily living," Village House Inc. Executive Director Sara Scott said. 

"As a caretaker, you kind of start to neglect yourself because everything revolves around the sick person and lose your friends and you have very little time for yourself," Doris Rasico admitted. 

Doris Rasico brings her husband to the Village House five days a week and now has a bit of herself back, while Bill Rasico participates in activities with others who can relate.

"It really provides the peace of mind for the caregiver as well as an entertaining and engaging place for a client to come to," Scott explained. 

As for Bill Rasico, his wife said she has seen a marked improvement in him since he started coming to the Village House.

"He has actually improved and he's 93-years-old," Doris Rasico shared with a bit of a laugh. "So he's not a youngster. But you know, so this has really helped him."

The Village House Adult Day Program serves up to 30 clients a day and accepts Medicaid and Private Pay clients, but they also operate as a nonprofit and appreciate donations. Click here to learn more about the organization and all it offers.


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