Encore Lifestyle & Enrichment Center Offers Wide Array of Senior Services
Writer / Matt Keating
Cara Kellerman, executive director of Encore Lifestyle and Enrichment Center, 900 E. Jefferson St., Suite A, Tipton, Indiana, says the center is the best kept secret in the area.
“We are a senior-focused organization that has existed in Tipton County since 1979 and has evolved into what you see today in the Encore Center,” Kellerman says. “This organization is very special to the actively aging community members, and their families, for the types of social engagement and independence it provides. Growing by leaps and bounds since 2015, the Encore Center is booming. We offer a daily activities program and transportation service for the demographic that we serve.”
Kellerman says that the center’s transportation service is designed to help everyone wishing to use it.
“The Encore Express transportation service is focused on serving those over 60 years old by donation,” Kellerman says. “Currently, the Encore Express service consists of two buses, both equipped with a lift to accommodate any passenger wishing to utilize the service.”
The transportation service takes them to a wide variety of places.
“Common destinations for those utilizing the service include medical
appointments, physical therapy appointments, pharmacy needs, grocery store, hair salon/barber shop, bank, post office and any other basic living needs,” Kellerman says.
The service also provide rides to people younger than 60 for a fee.
“Although the Encore Express service is focused on those over 60 years, it is not limited to that age group,” she says. “In fact, the Encore Express has recently added Medicaid transportation to the program. Residents of Tipton County that have a Medicaid health insurance plan now have access to transportation to medical appointments. Outside of this, any resident (younger than 60) of the county can utilize the transportation service for a low fee.”
Encore also partners with the Area Five Agency, located in Logansport, who provide meals that are served at Encore.
“The Encore Center has a fantastic collaboration with the Area Five
Agency,”Kellerman says. “Area Five provides and serves a daily congregate meal service, including homebound meals, for Tipton County residents. The Encore Center simply provides a place for meals to be served. Any interested senior may reserve a meal and stop in for lunch at the Encore Center. Anyone younger than 60 may also enjoy a meal for a low fee. Area Five asks for at least a two-day advanced notice if you want to order a meal. The meals are delicious and I encourage anyone to give it a try.”
Kellerman adds that Although the Encore Center provides the daily activities program for their members, the Area Five Agency also provides one large event each year.
“This year, the Senior Open 2021 will take place over a one-week period in the month of October,” Kellerman says. “We are currently accepting sign-ups for this exciting week of events. With the help of Area Five and Purdue Extension -Tipton County, we are offering a softball tournament, Euchre tournament, horseshoe tournament, a walk/run, bingo, pickle ball, golf, and more. The week will end with a delicious lunch for participants at the Tipton County 4-H auditorium building.”
Kellerman says she loves working at Encore.
“The Encore Center holds a very special place in my heart,” she says. “An
organization of this nature is the key to keeping aging people independent longer, as well as socially and mentally healthy for much longer in their lifetime. A small, non-profit organization can make an enormous impact on a local community in terms of health care costs.”
Kellerman has high hopes for the future.
“It is my goal and my hope that Encore continues to network with other senior organizations around the state and beyond to continue offering valuable programs to the local community,” she says. “I want to give special thanks to the Tipton County Foundation, Tipton County, the City of Tipton, INDOT, local businesses and local donors for their continued support of the Encore Center. Last, but not least, the drivers and the administrative staff at the Encore Center are the best in the business. Thank you for a continued job well done.”
The Encore Lifestyle & Enrichment Center is located at 900 E.Jefferson St, Suite A, in Tipton. For more information, call 765-675-4746 or visit them on Facebook.