Adult daycare in Coeur d'Alene offers to watch senior citizens



Posted on January 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 7:01 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho--Two Coeur d’Alene businessmen opened what they call an adult daycare center.

The Bennett House is similar to a traditional daycare, except for seniors. Anyone with an elderly parent can drop them off while they go run errands or just take a break.   

Part-owner Rick Bennett got the idea for the business after caring for both of his parents in the last few years of their lives.

He said caring for an elderly parent is not easy. He called it a full time job.

The adult daycare is one step below a traditional retirement or assisted living home. Bennett and co-owner George Cunningham said the Bennett House is also a way to allow people to care for their parents for maybe an extra few years.

Part of the focus of the Bennett House is on seniors who may have illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The facility is certified to manage medication for its guests.

Bennett said the house provides the seniors with mental stimulation and much more.

"We provide two meals a day, a snack a day. Activities, 2 or three activities a day. They're all optional. If you want to sit down in one of our recliners and take a nap you can do that. If you want to play bingo, do sing a longs, be on the computer,” said Bennett.

You are allowed to leave your parents for a few hours or all day. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can either pay by the hour or pay by the day.

The Bennett House is just waiting to get their daycare license from the State of Idaho before they can open.