Dessie’s Story

Dessie’s Story

It is difficult for a child to become their parent’s caregiver. A few years ago, this became a reality for Tara as she and her son moved back to Shreveport to live with her aging mom, Dessie.

Dessie, who recently suffered a stroke, also has high blood pressure and osteoarthritis.

Yet despite her medical challenges, both Tara and her mom knew Dessie needed a safe place to go during the day to socialize and stay active, both mentally and physically.

“Mom was well aware that she wanted to do more outside of the house,” Tara shared. “She actually fussed out me, because she said she was at home too much by herself!”

It didn’t take long before Dessie found her way to Volunteers of America’s Ballington Center, an adult day health program.

“When we came over here, my mom loved it. She loves bingo and she loves food, so this is the place for her!” Tara also said the center’s business hours accommodated her busy schedule.

“Often times I go to work early and I volunteer a lot at my church, so this helps mom to have her own life and for me to continue mine,” Tara shared. “This is an awesome place. It really has been a blessing to us.”


For more information, visit The Ballington Center website page.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Fees: The Center charges a daily rate based on level of care and accepts some Medicaid clients and private pay.


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