Area Agency celebrates addition of new location

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas Inc. recently celebrated the growth of its organization with a grand opening reception and ribbon cutting at the site of its new home health office.

Agency President and CEO Betty Bradshaw said that the new 0ffice space was a necessity given the continued expansion of the agency’s programs.

“The extra space really means a lot to us,” Bradshaw said at the opening Dec. 13. “The nurses were in such a confined space and now we have room for expansion. The expansion of our Senior Center at our main office is something we are proud of but that growth meant we needed to find more space for our home health program and we have found that here. Hopefully we will have this whole building some day.”

Bradshaw said the space is also convenient location for their nurses’ aides who must come in to fill out their reports.

The new office, at 200 E. 11th Ave., Suite K, also houses the Pine Bluff office of BKD CPAs & Advisors, which has served as the auditor for Area Agency since its founding.

“We are happy to have been able to provide the Area Agency on Aging with audit services for the past 32 years,” said BKD Audit Manager Darren McCrillis. “BKD has Arkansas locations in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith and Rogers.”

Agency staff have been at the new location for about seven weeks, according to Lillian Arnold, Area Agency vice president for Home Care Area 1.

“Our home health operations consist of skilled nursing care, home health and personal care aides, chore workers and private duty nursing,” Arnold said.

The office serves the entire county, including Redfield, Wabbaseka and Altheimer.

“We get referrals for people in need of our services from doctors, family members and friends. Anyone can call in a referral. They just need to contact our office. We also assist people with securing other services that they are in need of whether inside or outside of our agency,” Arnold said.

Mary Beth Clark, who handles public relations for the agency, said the new location will provide the organization with another opportunity to match the services they provide with the people who will benefit from them.

“We’re very excited about 2012 and introducing some of the services that we offer to the 10 counties that we serve. I’m very fortunate that I’m the one who gets to go out and speak to people about the services that the Area Agency on Aging offers,” Clark said.