Hutchinson may become next city with adult day care

Cindy Bradshaw distinctly remembers how differently her mother, Imogene Rouse, reacted after her second day at Sunflower Adult Day Services, compared to the first time last year.

The first day, Rouse was apprehensive about spending the day there, but the second day, when Bradshaw arrived to pick her up at 4 p.m., she found Rouse playing dominoes and not ready to leave.

“She said, ‘Do you have some errands to run? Can you pick me up at 5?’ ” Bradshaw said.

Hutchinson is poised to join Salina among Kansas cities with adult day care after the Hutchinson City Council changed a rule to allow adult day care facilities in commercial areas. Previously, they were only allowed in residential areas of the city.

Overall, there are 16 in the state, concentrated in the Kansas City area, according to information from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and adultdaycare.org. Sunflower Adult Day Services in Salina, where Rouse attends, is one such facility.

(Read more: Hutch News)