IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Caretakers and providers in Johnson County say there’s few options for adults with disabilities or illnesses needing day care.
“They’re hard to come by,” Doris Anderson said, who’s been her brother Dennis’ legal guardian since suffering from multiple strokes. “Family needs to help family.”
Iowa City City Council members, Johnson County Supervisors and community members met at the new Caring Hands & More Multi-generational Center Tuesday afternoon for its grand opening. The center became just the second in the state of Iowa to combine care for preschool-age kids and adults.
“We’re trying to emulate that look an elderly person gets in their eye when they see their grandchildren,” council member and Caring Hands CEO Bruce Teague said.
“It takes a lot of energy and a lot of leadership to get something like this going and I think they’ve done a super job,” Anderson said.
The multi-generational facility will have 55 spots for adults in programs featuring physical activities, and music and art therapy. They plan to add programs for 40 children, ages three through five, by the start of next school year.
Caring Hands & More is also looking for volunteers. To find out more, visit their website.