Que­zon & An­swer


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - YOU AT YOUR BEST -

Steve Eu­cu­lano, of York, Pa., is a for­mer client of Vil­lage House. The fol­low­ing ques­tions were an­swered by his son, Joe Eu­cu­lano.

What is your fa­ther’s story? How did he be­come a client of Vil­lage House?

My dad is so lik­able and easy­go­ing — he doesn’t com­plain. He played sax­o­phone in the Army band as a younger man and even backed up Ella Fitzger­ald and Duke Elling­ton in Ger­many. Most of his life he worked in sales and he didn’t re­tire un­til age 85 — he sold suits and men’s cloth­ing.

We be­gan to see a bit of slip­ping in his abil­ity to func­tion a year be­fore he re­tired. I think things were slip­ping a bit at work. Although he still was very per­son­able, he was need­ing more help with the cash reg­is­ter as one ex­am­ple.

Once he re­tired, he lived with my sis­ter in York, Pa. I of­fered to have dad stay with me last sum­mer while she was on va­ca­tion for a cou­ple weeks with her hus­band and three kids. When I went to pick him up, I re­al­ized he was in more de­cline than I had an­tic­i­pated. Since I was re­cently re­tired, I told my sis­ter he could stay with me longer. I tried to keep him busy while he was here and looked for other re­sources — that’s when I found Vil­lage House. Dad had been go­ing to a se­nior cen­ter in York, Pa., that wasn’t as com­pre­hen­sive in its care. With the pro­gres­sion of his de­men­tia, he was in need of more care and Vil­lage House pro­vided that for him.

ex­pe­ri­enced while at Vil­lage House?

I can not say enough good things about Vil­lage House. The qual­ity of care the staff pro­vided was ex­cep­tional. Each one of them cre­ated a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with my dad. He would ac­tu­ally be dis­ap­pointed when the week­ends rolled around and he wasn’t there.

The staff that cared for my dad, re­ally got to know him. The qual­ity of the re­la­tion­ships they made was very per­sonal. Vil­lage House had a re­ally good rou­tine, which is vi­tal for some­body like my fa­ther with de­men­tia. They had snacks in the morn­ing, ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic, and an ex­er­cise pro­gram he re­ally en­joyed. He thought the food was great. He would come home and talk about the movie that he watched, which was usu­ally a clas­sic. It would bring back good mem­o­ries for him. He was even able to do things he had never done be­fore — such as paint­ing and arts and crafts.

you ex­pe­ri­enced per­son­ally from your fa­ther’s time with Vil­lage House?

It was a re­lief to know that he was in good hands. Be­ing at Vil­lage House kept him pro­duc­tively busy and en­ter­tained dur­ing the day. For ve days a week, I could make some other plans and know that he was safe and not just sit­ting around do­ing noth­ing. I re­ally en­cour­age other care­givers to check it out. For my fa­ther, and where he was in the pro­gres­sion of his dis­ease, Vil­lage House was a won­der­ful op­tion.

fa­ther’s well-be­ing?

It gave him a pur­pose ev­ery day. The de­cline of de­men­tia is go­ing to hap­pen — their goal was to make the de­cline more steady. It helped him to con­tinue to keep his brain ac­tive and stim­u­late and chal­lenge it.

House for your fa­ther?

The food was great. He raved about the chef and would come home and tell us about what he had to eat that day. It was also a joy to hear each care­giver say some­thing nice about dad each day when I picked him up. It was nice know­ing the staff was ful lled from learn­ing about and get­ting to know my fa­ther.

Vil­lage House’s adult day pro­gram is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day, and is lo­cated in the lower level of High­lands Cross­ing Cen­ter at 1801 For­est Hills Blvd., Suite 206, in Bella Vista. For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram, con­tact Vil­lage House at (479) 855-4449.

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