ABOUT Our PLACE

Our PLACE will be a licensed, non-profit, non-sectarian adult day center that is expected to open in March of 2022. It will serve residents of Loudon and Monroe Counties, as well as surrounding communities, that have been diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

The land on which Our PLACE resides was donated for this purpose by the Tellico Community Foundation and the East Tennessee Foundation. It is located opposite Food Lion at the intersection of SR 444 and SR 72 in Loudon. At this point, through a comprehensive community effort, enough funding has been raised to construct the building and construction is ahead of schedule. An operations fund campaign is currently underway to assist with financing first-year operations, non-reocurring expenses, and payroll. Celia Gruzalski has been selected as our Executive Director and brings a number of years of experience in assisting seniors with Alzheimer's/Dementia to our program. The Activities Manager Sarah Martin who held a similar position previously has also been hired.  A search is currently underway for three part-time program assistants. To see what volunteer opportunities are available click on the Get Involved tab in the heading and also complete the volunteer application if interested in assisting with this much-needed facility.  

Hours of operation are being evaluated to ensure they are in line with community needs. Each day, participants will be offered a different program of activities suited to their abilities. These activities are designed to promote socialization and stimulation and may include music, exercise, crafts, games, pet therapy, reminiscence therapy, and more. Whenever possible, activities will be theme-based, highlighting the seasons, holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. 

Our PLACE will serve beverages and provide snacks twice daily. Participants may bring a sack lunch from home or order a box lunch to be delivered at an additional cost.

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