Dr. James and Florence Nixon Respite Center
The Dr. James & Florence Nixon Respite Center at the Bay County Council on Aging provides care Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for senior adults who suffer from Alzheimer's deisease and other related diseases which cause memory impairment or dementia. These seniors require care 24 hours a day from their caregivers. The Respite Program provides needed relief for the caregivers from the stress and demands associated with the continual care.
The Respite Center provides a protective setting that allows clients opportunities for socialization, supervised activities, and supportive care. Clients are encouraged and assisted to participate at their own individual level in activities such as table games, cognitive games, arts and crafts, gardening, cooking, and sewing. Physical activities and games include indoor golf, indoor bowling, ring toss, and chair aerobics. There are many community groups who visit the center to entertain or interact with the seniors. These groups include pet therapy, line dancers, children's school groups, and several musicians who play for the clients to enjoy old fashioned sing alongs.
Trained staff-to-client ratio is 1:4. A light breakfast, a hot lunch and an afternoon snack are served each day. Transportation to and from the center is also available for senior adults who attend the program.
Caregivers may apply directly to the center for assistance to enroll their family member in the program. Annually, more than 33,000 hours of facility-based respite are provided.
Call (850) 769-3468 to find out more information about the Respite Center.