By Patrice Smith
Curtis Inabinett, the new director at the Sea Island Adult Daycare on Johns Island, has been on the job for just four months but he’s already making a huge impact on the center’s clients.
“Our clients are elderly and have dementia or Alzheimer’s so it’s imperative that their minds are stimulated,” Inabinett says.
Inabinett established the Thursday field trip to get the clients out of the facility and into the community. He initiated an agreement with the Southeast Cinemas at Citadel Mall.
“The first time we went I chose an action movie that featured a big ape. I wasn’t sure how the clients would react but they actually loved it. They were amused and entertained.”
Inabinett also has an arrangement with the Folly Beach Fire Department to bring clients to the Folly Pier and onto the beach.
“The department brings out those large beach wheelchairs and we push clients right up to the shore where they can see the water and feel the ocean breeze.”
Inabinett has noticed that one client always takes her shoes off, walks along the beach and picks up sea shells.
“Some shells she keeps and others she discards which indicates that she probably has a memory of gathering certain sea shells. She used to be an artist,” Inabinett believes.
DHEC requires individualized attention for clients to help bring out their talents. So Inabinett, who is a musician himself, invites other musicians to visit the day care to play, interact and encourage the clients to sing along.
“There is one man who sounds just like Sam Cooke and he loves to sing,” according to Inabinett.
Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation CEO Tumiko Rucker is thrilled about all the programs Inabinett has instituted.
“We are so excited about the positive additions to the ADC program and are confident that Mr. Inabinett will continue to implement new services like pet therapy, which is slated to start soon. We get input from our clients and their families to insure that our medical Adult Daycare facility has a combination of skilled nursing and quality therapeutic and fun activities for our clients.”
The Thursday field trips have taken the ADC clients to Charles Towne Landing and the Angel Oak tree. Inabinett is working with James Island County Park and the South Carolina Aquarium and hopes to take the clients to both locations soon. He has already reached an agreement with the town of Ravenel, where Inabinett sits on town council, to involve the ADC clients with Ravenel’s monthly Senior Day that features lunch and a movie. The ADC clients will make their first trip to Ravenel this Thursday.
Inabinett is currently working on deal with TriCounty Link (where he sits on the board of directors) to construct a rain cover that will connect the daycare to Sea Island’s Administrative building next door.
“I am currently writing letters and soliciting churches for donations to have that done. Our clients don’t need to be getting wet when we bring them out to get on the bus or when they are picked up at the end of the day.”
Inabinett has been an independent Ecocardiographer (cardiac ultra sound) since 1991. He trained alongside some of the nation’s top cardiologists and worked with MUSC’s adult cardiology outreach programs. He is also a well-known and often sought-after saxophone player who for decades has been the front man for his band, A Touch of Class.
To learn more about the Sea Island Adult Daycare, call (843) 559-5502.