(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 15, 2016 – The board of directors of Daily Living Centers, Inc. of Oklahoma is pleased to announce that Richard “Brian” Rush has been named president and chief executive officer of the 42-year-old adult day healthcare organization that operates four program sites in the metro-Oklahoma City area serving 39,000 participants annually. Mr. Rush replaces former president and chief executive officer, Bill Weaver, who passed away in August.
Mr. Rush, who has extensive experience in the areas of military programs, organizational administration, personnel, budget, finance and communications management, became involved with Daily Living Centers, Inc. as a board member earlier this year. Since 2008, he served as the deputy director of the 752d Operations Support Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, where he had responsibility for management and administration of 45 military and 10 civilians across 17 career fields in the programming, planning, scheduling and regulatory compliance for three squadrons comprised of over 800 members. He also has held other civilian positions with the military since 1989.
"I am honored and very excited to have been chosen to lead the Daily Living Centers of Oklahoma,” states Mr. Rush.
“I look forward to working with the staff and board of directors, all of our partnering agencies, and the state legislature, while passionately guiding the organization in providing the highest quality services to our participants and their families.”
Mr. Rush is a native of Ponca City and holds a bachelor of science degree in information sciences and systems from Oklahoma State University.
About Daily Living Centers, Inc.
Founded in 1974, Daily Living Centers, Inc. is the oldest and largest adult day healthcare services program in the state of Oklahoma. The 750 participants served weekly in the organization’s four metro OKC centers ---Bethany, northeast OKC, Edmond and south Oklahoma City---are primarily low-income elderly adults, many of whom suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For up to 12 hours on weekdays at the Bethany site, and 10 hours per day at all other sites, participants can enjoy a safe, caring and compassionate environment that features an array of stimulating activities.
Participants benefit from Daily Living Centers’ specialized door-to-door transportation services, numerous fun and motivational activities including exercise, music, arts and crafts, socialization opportunities, good nutrition, along with medical and health monitoring.
Participants’ caregivers, who are often spouses, parents or siblings, also benefit from the programs and services offered by Daily Living Centers. They receive the valuable gift of respite from 24/7 caregiving duties while their loved ones are away from home and at a Daily Living Centers program site.
Specific examples of how caregivers and their loved ones benefit from the program are illustrated through the following personal testimonials:
“I would not be able to work and care for my mother-in-law the way I do, and we would have to be on assistance to survive without Daily Living Centers.”
“Daily Living Centers is a safe, secure place for my adult disabled daughter to be while I work all day. They are essential to her since she cannot take care of herself.”
“The program helps keep my husband’s mind and body active. It gives him interaction with others."
“The people at Daily Living Centers provide a safe, fun and caring environment for my mom. She is socially and mentally stimulated and gets the physical exercise she needs.”
Oklahoma City Nonprofit Receives Two Major Awards
Bill Weaver, president and CEO of Daily Living Centers, received the Advocacy in Aging Award from LeadingAge Oklahoma, and his organization was also honored with the Excellence in Community Service and Outreach Award for its county-wide transportation program. Mary Brinkley, LeadingAge Oklahoma executive director, made the presentation at the organization’s 21st annual awards banquet on March 8.
Founded in 1974, Daily Living Centers has the dual distinction of having established the first adult day health care facility in the state of Oklahoma and is today the largest provider of its kind. Through its four metro Oklahoma City area locations, the organization serves 150 elderly citizens each weekday. Participants enjoy door-to-door transportation and a positive environment in which to socialize, receive nutrition, recreate and to maintain their quality of life. The Daily Living Centers model enables participants to live independently longer, and provides their caregivers with the gift of respite.
LeadingAge Oklahoma is the 100-plus member state association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to establishing the highest standards of excellence for services to the aging community in Oklahoma. Members represent the interests of providers throughout the continuum of care: nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, adult day service providers, independent living and continuum of care retirement communities. Members represent more than 100 providers of aging services throughout the state.
Additional information about Daily Living Centers or LeadingAge Oklahoma can be obtained online at
http://www.dailylivingcenters.org and http://www.leadingageok.org
Our President and former caregiver himself Bill Weaver, recently spoke with NewsOK about Alzheimer's disease. Please click here for this very informative read ---> CLICK HERE
Hello Caregivers! Please attend one of our monthly meetings. This is a great opportunity to gain support from others. Schedule is as follows: Rockwell Campus (3000 N Rockwell, Bethany OK) Last Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. South Side Campus (1681 SW 86th st, Oklahoma City)- Third Thursday of the month 5:30-6:30 p.m. Edmond Campus (3413 Wynn Dr, Edmond, OK)- Second Monday of the month 5:30-6:30 p.m. A light meal is provided so please contact Latosha Lornes at 405-792-2401 to RSVP! Thank you!