Adult day care welcomes special guest

9:30 PM, Jul 7, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - There is a wonderful segment of our society that can be easy to overlook: the elderly with special needs.

Longmont United Hospital's Homestead Adult Day Care program is a place that serves this group. Recently, something else served them as well.

Members of the adult day care pass the time by playing games, socializing, exercising and eating. It's a place where lonely seniors, some of whom are in the early stages of dementia, can be an active part of society. One of the goals of the center is to help connect its members with hobbies and interests from their past and present.

Many people in the rural community of Longmont grew up on a farm and spent lots of time around horses.

"It's nice to see them [and] nice to pet them," Bucky Calarco said. "They do help a lot."

Calarco and the rest of the members of the adult day care recently had the chance to see and touch a miniature horse named Carmella.

The mini trooper is part of the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center in Longmont.

"I'm hoping that we can touch the lives of many more people in the community," said Sue Winthrop, who led the horse around during her visit.

Carmella has already visited over 2,800 people in the last three years.

If you would like Carmella to pay you a visit, you can check out their website at or send an email to

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