Evergreen grant to help Maple Leaf expand services

Jul 22, 2014

Maple Leaf Adult Respite was recently awarded a $21,717 grant from the Evergreen Foundation to help expand services at its new facility in Waynesville.

Maple Leaf provides adult day care and day health services that allows persons with disabilities to continue to reside in their homes while receiving essential support services during the day, when caregivers may not be available to assist them. Recently, Maple Leaf relocated to a larger facility at 63 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.

“We are so grateful to the Evergreen Foundation board for approving our proposal,” said Donna Lupton, social work division director of the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency. “These funds will allow us to expand and strengthen services at the new facility, and to strengthen medical and occupational therapy programs related to disability and mental health.”

The new Elmwood Way facility will allow Maple Leaf to expand the number of participants from 25 to a maximum of 51, and Lupton said the grant funds would be used to purchase equipment and services as a result of serving more people.

Plans include expanding nursing services to allow for more occupational therapies and physical health management options and to expand the hours nursing services are available from 6 to 8 hours daily; purchasing physical and occupational therapy equipment; the development of outdoor programming such as raised garden beds, railings and gates for walkway safety and an outdoor patio for recreation and health.

The only licensed day health program in Western North Carolina, Maple Leaf is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The facility is also licensed by the Veterans Administration to serve veterans with disabilities.

For information, call 456-9488.