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Roshak leading Adult Day Services

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May 5, 2016

New ADS supervisor
Jaime Roshak, new supervisor of Community Action Agency Adult Day Services in Escanaba, said a great day at work is when one of her clients smiles.
               Jaime Roshak
ADS helps residents with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers. Roshak was named to the position in mid-April when former Director Randy Daignealt moved on to pursue other opportunities.
“I am very pleased to help people with Alzheimer’s, to be there for them, to help them accomplish the simplest of things, to see them smile. It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. They become family to you,” Roshak said.
On an annual basis ADS serves dozens of families, providing over 7,000 hours of respite care. The CAA service is located at the Gary Abrahamson Jr. Memory Care Center, 2635 1st Ave. S., Escanaba.
Senior Services Director Sally Kidd said it’s important for residents to understand while the Memory Care Center houses Adult Day Services, they are two distinct entities. “We love this new building that really enhances our program, but the service has been around a long time and we will continue our positive and longstanding relationship with Delta County residents,” Kidd said.
Roshak said one of ADS’s top priorities is to meet with families as soon as a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia.
“We provide a secure, loving and caring environment to help them become as independent as possible and relieve caregivers so these people can stay in their homes as long as possible,” Roshak said.
She said she realizes a big part of her job is to be an advocate for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. “When it comes to helping people with Alzheimer’s, I am very passionate,” she said.
After receiving a certificate as an administrative assistant at Bay College, Roshak held positions in Florida, Georgia and Green Bay before making her way back to Escanaba to be with family and provide a safer environment for her child.
She said being activities director at an assisted living facility in Green Bay best prepared her the ADS position. “I was in charge of starting the activities program from scratch, and it taught me what works best when dealing with seniors facing various challenges,” Roshak said.
She also has received two certificates from the Alzheimer’s Association and has three years’ experience working in skilled-nursing facilities.