Carrie Toler
Carrie Toler

VAN WERT – It was late in September when Carrie Toler, formally of Coldwater, Ohio, came to Van Wert to give leadership and guidance to the Community Health Professionals’ Adult Day Center. Following graduation from Coldwater and other opportunities for training, Toler got into the health care field in 2006-2007 when she became a state tested nursing assistant through education.

“I was drawn into this field with all my heart when an elderly gentleman I had come to appreciate passed away at the nursing home,” said Toler. “We were taking a special class on confronting death. We were asked to leave our class and visit where this man had passed. I started crying; I also knew that was what I was supposed to be doing. I always appreciated comforting people.”

Toler had been working in a nursing home in Kentucky.

After moving back to Mercer County, Toler worked at the CHP Celina Adult Day Care Center and a related rest home. During that time, she also worked at a CVS in Celina. During that time, she was drawn by an ad to work at the CHP Adult Day Center in Van Wert. She investigated the possibility and was hired into the local facility.

Toler noted that the local facility includes care for the day for loved ones, assistance with daily living tasks, supervision, activities, socialization, meals, snacks, caregiver respite and “peace of mind.”

“There are good meals and snacks, activities, daily care needs, showers that are handicapped accessible, a nurse on duty with therapy and transportation available,” said Toler.

“It all depends on the functionality of people,” said Toler. “We play lots of card games, do crafts, socialize, and enjoy people being around each other. It’s just simple things; people enjoy being around each other.”

Toler emphasized that there is no age limit for those who wish to come for the day. She noted that anyone is welcome to be a part of the day as long as they are over 18-years-old, regardless of needs.

“We are here to help families as well,” said Toler. “If family members need assistance in transporting them, we fill out paperwork and can provide transportation.”

Toler noted that the home is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

She noted that cost per day is $54, but there are various types of assistance available to help reduce the cost.

The Adult Day Center, a branch of Community Health Professionals, is located at 1151 Westwood Drive, in Van Wert. For further information, call 419-238-0751 or visit www.ComHealthPro.org.