New Facility Will Allow Greater Attendance, More Room for Activities

Before Full Circle was taken on as a project of Aging Services Inc. in Norman, the only adult day centers in Oklahoma were in Oklahoma City and Choctaw. Home health nurses and aides spoke at their weekly meetings of isolated patients and overwhelmed families with limited time and resources, as well as those unable to attend the Senior Citizens Center without extra care and attention.

Upon the formation of a board to explore the idea of establishing a center in Norman to serve the elderly and their caretakers, Juliana Michael and others toured the two existing metro day centers. A Public Information Forum was held at the hospital to determine if the community saw value in and would support an adult day center. The results were positive, and the board began looking for a location. With the hospital’s support, a generous donation and a specially renovated space in the new Home Health building on Gray Street, the center opened in 1996 with Michael as the first executive director.

Full Circle Adult Day Center, currently located at 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, serves 47 individuals and their families.  The center’s well-trained staff care for the elderly or disabled, those suffering from dementia and other adults who may have suffered a health event leaving them with physical or mental challenges.

The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Nutritionally appropriate meals from the Child and Adult Care Food and Nutrition Program, a federally funded program administered by the state, are prepared on-site, and medication and medical services are provided by licensed staff.

Full Circle provides a range of activities, from trivia and table games, to laugh yoga, stretching and other exercises, and horticulture therapy. They participate in local events and work to tailor activities to the interests and level of functioning of the participants. Weekly outings to the movies, museums, sporting events and local cultural events also are offered.

For the upcoming holidays, Full Circle staff are planning a range of fun activities as well as meals celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Licensed and audited by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Veteran’s Administration, Full Circle recently passed with a 100 percent score with zero deficiencies, pointed out Executive Director Donald Pyeatt.

Currently, a capital campaign for a new center in Franklin Business Park is continuing. According to Pyeatt, the new center at 4223 28th Ave. NW will double the size of the current building. The additional space, he says, will make it possible to have multiple activities going at once, while allowing additional participants to attend. Financing has begun through the capital campaign and private donations. Donations to help fund completion of the new center can be made by mailing checks to Full Circle Adult Day Center Capital Campaign, 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, Norman, OK 73071.  Financing the balance will take place through a mortgage with Republic Bank and Trust Bank and, said Pyeatt, will ultimately be less than Full Circle’s current monthly lease.

The center is always looking for volunteers to serve as companions, to lead members in various activities and to perform office duties, among other services. 

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