Senior citizens in St. Helena Parish now have a place to socialize and take part in activities surrounded by the comforts of home, complete with rocking chairs and televisions.

The Adult Day Geri/Care Center, designed for older adults who can no longer manage independently, opened Oct. 10.

The staff, elected officials and area residents celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Greensburg Mayor Burke Jones welcomed the center and staff to the community.

Refreshments and snacks were provided, as well as a tour of the center.

The new adult day center, 6108 La. 10, Greensburg, was designed to offer relief to family members and allow them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing their loved one is well cared for and free from harm, owner Geralyn Easley said.

Easley,who has worked in the medical field for more than 34 years, said many elderly people still have a lot of life in them and want to remain active.

“With this outlook on life, it only holds a positive future for all adult day cares, including this one, and with planned activities throughout the day, we are sure they will enjoy themselves and feel at home,” Easley said.

The center will provide a variety of planned program activities throughout the day, lunch and two snacks daily.

The 5,248-square-foot facility is set up to give visitors a home-like feel, Easley said. There are couches set up throughout with a television at each resting place.

The facility is a for-profit organization; however, financial assistance may be available through subsidies or other sources, Easley said.

The cost is $65 for two days or less, and $60 per day for three days or more. Easley said she used her own funding to open the center and no outside investors were involved.

The center expects to have around 25 clients per day.

The staff is trained in CPR, first aid and emergency situations, she said.

There is a licensed dietitian on staff.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

For questions, call (225) 222-4357.