RARITAN TWP., NJ – Briteside Adult Day Center here has been awarded a $5,000 grant.

Briteside provides a safe, home-like environment for seniors in need of some supervision during the day to maintain their vitality. Highly trained staff oversee activities that enhance cognitive abilities and interaction with others, increasing their quality of life. Their goal is to encourage independence and promote good health and well-being. They also provide caregiver respite.

Briteside also offers exercise, music, games and health monitoring by a licensed nurse.

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The grant will help support will help support Briteside’s CARES program for caregivers to help alleviate burnout and stress.

The program provides caregiver education for coping strategies, salon services for stress relief, and reduction of the burden of errands. In addition, a professional nurse makes monthly calls to the caregiver to enhance coping strategies. The funds will cover the costs of caregiver and staff education, as well as other services provided.

The grant comes from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America..

“AFA strongly believes in helping grassroots and government organizations provide the hands-on programs and services that help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses continue to live meaningful lives,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer in a press release. “We are proud to help Briteside Adult Day Center further their efforts in serving the people of Hunterdon County and provide much needed services in the community.”

“We are grateful for the funding from AFA that helps keep caregivers and their loved ones healthy through participation in stress-reduction services and education,” said Briteside Director Cathleen Siessel.