Columbus Lions learn about new life care program

Published 3:26 pm Friday, August 27, 2010

Kim Cole and Christie Beddingfield of Rutherford Life Services spoke to the Columbus Lions recently about the new Life Care facility that will soon be opening in Columbus. This program will provide a place for adults who need supervision and care during the day.

Cole explained that many seniors become lonely and isolated at home and they find that attending Life Care gives them an opportunity to make new friends and socialize with others. For a caregiver, it means having time to take care of other work, chores or errands and to have some time to rest and relax. With day care, seniors may be able to prolong their ability to remain at home and in the community.

Beddingfield, who will be the director of Polk County Life Care, told the Lions that nursing services, activities, meals and snacks, bathing, personal care, and companionship will be provided for seniors. The center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge for the first visit. Costs are usually covered for those who have long term care insurance or veterans benefits; Medicare does not provide coverage. However, there is some assistance available for those who are unable to pay.

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The Polk County Life Care facility will be located behind the Meeting Place off of Skyuka Road. For more information about this program call 828-894-2007 or go to

If you would like to learn more about being a Lion and what Lions do in the local community, call Pat Recker at 828-894-2615. The Columbus Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at Calverts Kitchen. Visitors are welcome.