Quezon & Answer
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.
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.