OGDEN, UT — January 23, 2018 — DAKCS Software and PDCflow are promoting support for the elderly through volunteerism. The local Utah software companies recently partnered with La Roca Girls’ Development Academy soccer teams to provide an opportunity for residents of Genesis, Washington Terrace Healthcare Center — which specializes in short-term rehabilitative, long term and hospice care — to visit with youths in the community and benefit from their attention and service.
Top management at both PDCflow and DAKCS have had firsthand experience with eldercare in their own lives, and witnessed the neglect our older generations experience. These encounters inspired the local companies to pursue a project that would directly benefit the older individuals in our society who are often forgotten.
“We have always believed in people helping people,” says DAKCS President, Lex Patterson. “This sponsorship gave us the opportunity to connect generations in our community that touched lives in various important ways. We feel fortunate to be part of this program.”
Because the La Roca Development Academy requires athletes to complete service hours each season, the companies sponsored four teams of young women, contingent on a service project aimed at providing a benefit for the elderly. The resulting activity at Genesis Healthcare Center was a great success.
Assistant Director of Operations for La Roca Futbol Club, Laura Coffee, took charge of organizing the service hours for the academy participants, providing separate age-appropriate projects for each group of girls. Both activities will provide long-term benefits to those who call this center home.
“It was phenomenal to watch these girls open up,” said Coffee. “Some of them have never been exposed to the atmosphere of a care center and the ailments some of the residents there are facing. The experience was enlightening, and I think in the end the girls got just as much out of it as the adults did.”
The two younger teams, ages 13 to 14, worked with staff of the center to clean and organize all drawers and cabinets in the center’s activity room. The newly straightened area will make activity time easier for Genesis employees and volunteers to carry out, and more enjoyable for residents to attend.
The older athletes, ages 16 to 18, participated in interactive time with the residents of the healthcare center. The girls offered personal styling assistance, including nail painting, to all residents interested in the activity.
The older group also led craft time, helping participants decorate “Gratitude Jars.” This project will keep residents optimistic well into the future as they write their positive day-to-day experiences on slips of paper and store them in these cheerful jars. During hard times, residents can revisit pleasant memories by reading the papers they’ve stored in their jars.
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