Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation Assists Severely Disabled at Tenco

OTTUMWA-The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation provided a Bright Ideas gift of $15,000 to Tenco to underwrite the cost of specialized equipment to enhance services to the severely disabled population that Tenco serves, and to look to develop new programming.

Historically, care for this population initiated locally in the 1960’s, when a group of Ottumwa area parents and guardians who were primary caretakers for family members with severe and profound disabilities gathered to consider who or what resources might be available to assist them. At that point in time, no assistance existed; but as a result of their continued efforts “Center of Hope” was born and served this special population in Ottumwa and our region until 1981, when “Center of Hope” became a division of Tenco.  Today this service still exists at Tenco; while the name has changed to Adult Day Habilitation, residents with severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities are provided individualized programs to maximize their daily living skills, communication, and socialization.

The assistance provided by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation allowed Tenco to purchase a Portable Viking Lift, Lift Chairs, and a Portable Camel Emergency Lifting Cushion. The portable lift allows Tenco staff to transfer clients out of their wheel chairs for the restroom or on to a bed, while the emergency lifting cushion is designed specifically for helping a client up off the floor from a fallen position.  The lift chairs were necessary due to the aging population now being served, and have the capacity to lift and recline to a semi “napper” position, with wider than normal rounded arms that offer comfort and stability.

A second phase of the project afforded Tenco the opportunity to secure the services of Curtis Architecture & Design, PC of Ottumwa to assess the possibility of adding Adult Day Care services at Tenco’s 710 Gateway Drive site. Adult Day Care is a growing need in this area as the closest certified Adult Day Care program is located 50 miles away.  Based upon the positive findings of the Curtis Architecture & Design report, Tenco has submitted a formal request to the State of Iowa asking for approval to initiate an Adult Day Care program.

Tenco is deeply appreciative of this assistance from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, which partners to improve the health, education and vitality of the City of Ottumwa and Wapello County.