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Published on March 18, 2016

A fresh look for adult day health clients

A fresh look for adult day health clients

Members of the Rotary Club of Harwich-Dennis had a feel-good day of helping others one recent Saturday, and the adult day clients of Compass Adult Day Health were the winners.

The Rotary club group tackled a painting project on a recent Saturday, leaving the facility that is run by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod looking fresher and brighter.


The idea started as something Compass per diem nurse Jill Fallon mentioned to her husband, Bill, who is currently serving as the secretary for Harwich-Dennis Rotary. Jill told him that after five years of service, the walls at Compass were starting to show their age, so Bill took the project to the Rotary for consideration.

“Part of it was that it helped them to understand what goes on at Compass because not too many people know too much about it,” Bill Fallon said. “Plus, Jill absolutely loves being involved with the clients there and the professional people that she has worked with have been absolutely delightful.”

Compass Adult Day Health is for older adults who can’t be left home alone because of safety issues, but who aren’t ready for a nursing home. Family members or caregivers take care of them at home and they go to Compass anywhere from two to five days a week for six hours a day.

“It provides respite for the caregivers,” said Compass manager Teresa McGuire, RN. “Caring for somebody 24/7 isn’t easy. It’s nice for caregivers to know that their loved one comes here and they can go exercise, get their hair done, do errands, go shopping, and they don’t have to worry.”

The Harwich-Dennis Rotary does a different service project every spring and fall and they are always looking for worthy projects.

The colors of the walls were chosen by Jane Aidé, a paint consultant at Hubbarb Paint and Wallpaper in Dennis, who is known as “the paint whisper.”  Aidé went to Compass on a day when the sun was shining and suggested pale shades of yellow, green and blue that would be soothing to clients, many of whom have Alzheimer’s disease.

In the spirit of community collaboration, Bill Fallon got in touch with Hubbard Paint owner Steve Hubbard and he agreed to donate a substantial amount of the supplies to get the job done.

The Rotary Club of Harwich-Dennis is a service organization made up of about 40 local men and women who are active in the business community. They meet every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at Grumpy’s Restaurant in East Dennis. In addition to numerous smaller fundraisers, they do three large fundraisers each year: a Scallop and Chowder Festival at the Weatherdeck Restaurant in West Harwich every October; a farm day at Eldredge Farm on the Brewster/Harwich border in October; and a golf outing in June.

A majority of the money they raise goes toward college scholarships for students who live in Dennis or Harwich. They’ve given more than $250,000 to students in the past dozen years.

“We also do what we call good works,” Bill Fallon said. “So if there is someone in desperate need of a little help such as a tank of oil or gas money to bring somebody to Boston for chemotherapy, we help with things like that.”


[Featured Image: Rotary member, Brad Boyd,  assists with the painting of Compass Adult Day Health]