DayBreak Adult Day Services provides ‘break’ for caregivers

For the Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — DayBreak Adult Day Services continues to provide a much needed “break” to caregivers and those they care for.

“DayBreak helps the citizens of Shelby County maintain their quality of life and for many their continued independence by enhancing socialization and wellness,” said Robin Burleson, LSW, director of DayBreak Adult Services. “We strive to maintain the health and well-being of our clients both physically and mentally by assessing each person individually to determine their needs and then implement plans to meet those needs. One of the best ways to describe the program is that it is a social program with a medical component.”

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The clients receiving services at DayBreak can be anyone ages 18 and over, although most are over the age of 60 and come from a variety of backgrounds. The program is a safe alternative for those that may be home-bound otherwise and can benefit from social stimulation. Since 2013 DayBreak has been contracted with the Dayton VA Medical Center to provide services to area veterans. Veterans approved under the contract are able to receive services free of charge or for a small co-pay.

DayBreak continues to be a resource that families or caregivers can use to assist them in the care of their loved one. The DayBreak program is a safe environment for individuals to spend the day while their caregiver works, runs errands and simply rests, or takes care of themselves. It continues to provide a cost effective means to maintain a loved one’s independence at home through the sliding scale fee based on income. A conservative estimate of the average cost of privately paying to have a home service visit from an agency is approximately $22 per hour versus the DayBreak cost which averages less than $7 per hour for an 8 hour day.

Therapy services are available, with the therapy department offering physical, occupational and speech therapy. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served daily. Nursing staff assists in coordinating any needed medical attention and monitoring health needs by monitoring vital signs, blood sugar and assisting with medications. Assistance is provided for those needing help with eating, grooming and hygiene.

DayBreak offers a wide variety of activities that are designed to be both fun and functional. These activities include exercise programs, games, educational programs, entertainment, field trips and shopping. In 2017 we were able to satisfy one of the wish list items for several of our clients by visiting Idle Hour Ranch because they wanted to visit a zoo. Idle Hour Ranch provided the opportunity for DayBreak to have a private tour where the clients got to view the many species of exotic animals. One of the highlights of the day was feeding the kangaroos. We continue to have a partnership with many agencies including Catholic Social Services/ Passport, the Alzheimer’s Association, Area Agency on Aging and the United Way of Shelby County in providing services to older adults.

Clients are transported door to door daily through a continued partnership with the city of Sidney, Shelby Public Transit. Medical transportation is also provided for those that may have medical appointments during the day of attendance at DayBreak. We operate Monday through Friday and participants can choose the days they wish to attend.

We are often asked about who is right for the program and the best way to determine that is to contact us to arrange a complimentary day where the DayBreak staff can answer questions and offer the opportunity for the individual and their loved one to evaluate the program for themselves. To learn more about the DayBreak Adult Day Service Program contact the center staff or me at 937-492-8074 or visit our website at

For the Sidney Daily News