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Welcome to ‘The Club’
September 6, 2019

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This year, Choices in Living Adult Daycare is celebrating two decades in business.

And the center is planning an event around Thanksgiving to mark the 20-year milestone.

The day care, which is located at 3812 Skyline Blvd., unit C, in Cape Coral, offers an affordable option for local seniors to be able to "age in place" and at the same time, enjoy a full day of socialization with their peers.

"It is our goal to be able to help our seniors remain as independent as possible for as long as possible," said owner Kathy Hudson.

Known as "The Club" to its members, Hudson said it's a great place for seniors to have a good quality of life, have a place they can call their club and socialize and engage with like-minded people.

"No one is off by themselves. They have things to do here. A lot of times members start off by coming a couple of days a week and then they come back more and more," she said. "They're asking their families when they can come back."

Hudson said the goal of the day care is for seniors to feel engaged and stimulated during the week so they can go home, eat dinner and have a restful night.

"We have a lot of seniors where the husband or wife is taking care of them or the kids are," she said. "And they are able to come here from 8-5 during the week.

"If they are able to stay at home, it can be a very economical in-between to be able to come to day care."

Hudson and her husband purchased Choices in Living from the original owners last October.

Hudson was previously the director of nursing at Arden Courts of Fort Myers for six years.

When the owners were selling Choices in Living, which opened in 1999, they asked Hudson if she was interested.

"I was going to be working for another 10 to 15 years anyway," she said. "And it doesn't feel like I'm going to work."

At Choices in Living, members are in a safe environment that's always staffed with nurses and certified nursing assistants. Some members may have Alzheimer's and dementia, but Hudson has a unique ability to connect with them. She calls it an inner gift.

"I'm able to understand them and connect with them," she said. "I have tons of patience and I don't give up on them."

Since taking over Choices in Living, Hudson has added live entertainment, interactive storytelling, an exercise program and a variety of themed events.

There are also what Hudson calls "safe games" like Nerf darts, a Wheel of Fortune game toss and a Family Feud-style game.

She said this generation of members is really into these types of games.

"People come in in their early to mid 60s," Hudson said. "It's not so much the Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra generation anymore. We're revamping everything. We're asking them what they like and what they want to do. It's their club. We're rolling with that and it's been a lot of fun."

Several businesses in the community also help sponsor events for The Club's members and other seniors in the community. On Aug. 15, The Club hosted a Ladies Tea Party sponsored by the Comfort Keepers and Osterhout McKinney Elder Law Attorneys.

The center was decorated with fancy tablecloths and tea kettles and tea cups from the past. The ladies wore hats and boas and enjoyed tea cookies, pastries and petit fours.

"People really want to be a part of it," Hudson said. "People keep asking what we need at The Club."

"It's really all about the members. We just like to have fun with them."

Hudson said they also celebrate birthdays "big" time.

"Some will say, 'I haven't had a birthday like this since I was 7 years old," she said.

The Club's capacity is 30 members. Most days it has 25-30. During season, it reaches capacity every day with a wait list.

Hudson said what makes Choices in Living unique is that one person can only entertain a client for so long, but when you have a team of people whose mission and goal is to provide quality care, customer service, and engage the client, it's an attainable goal.

Call 239-540-6813. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

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