My 85-year-old mother has advanced Alzheimer’s. For one year she lived in a memory care unit, one of the best facilities in the county. However, the cost for that type of care is astounding.

Shortly after the Retreat Adult Day Care opened, I moved my mom home and started taking her there every day (for less than a third the cost). I have been able to keep working, knowing my mother was receiving excellent care each weekday with wonderful activities, delicious food, camaraderie with peers and exemplary care.

I truly can’t say enough positive accolades about the director and the staff. I would pick up a happy lady every afternoon and I never worried for one minute of my mother’s days at The Retreat.

Since they were forced to close due to COVID-19, there has been a profound difference in my mother. Her quality of life has decreased greatly. I have been able to find short-term temporary help, but I am worried about her future care and can only hope and pray that The Retreat is able to reopen.

Our wonderful community is severely lacking in this area. The Retreat, sadly and unbelievably, is the only adult day care provider in Moore County. We absolutely need an exceptional facility like The Retreat to survive and flourish, and we need the support of the community to make it happen.

Adult day care allows seniors to age in place at home, provides respite for family caregivers, and enriches the lives of the elderly. For many of us, this is a superior and more affordable option to residential care.

Pam Griner, West End

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