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OCO’s Guardian Angel Finds Respite

FULTON NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ honorary Head Pin, the Pink Guardian Angel, learned about OCO’s Respite Program when it stopped by the agency’s respite home in Oswego.

The Pink Guardian Angel meets with residents at OCO’s respite home to learn more about OCO’s Respite Program and tour the only respite home in Oswego County. From left are Joshua, site supervisor Michelle Patchen and Nick.
The Pink Guardian Angel meets with residents at OCO’s respite home to learn more about OCO’s Respite Program and tour the only respite home in Oswego County. From left are Joshua, site supervisor Michelle Patchen and Nick.

The only one of its kind in Oswego County, OCO’s respite home was established in 2006 and is designed specifically to provide relief to caregivers of developmentally disabled children and adults.

The respite home is available to consumers Thursday through Sunday.

Under the guidance of site supervisor, Michelle Patchen, the staff provides consumers with 24-hour supervision as they prepare their meals and ensure that they receive any medication that they might be taking.

The home accommodates up to 6 people and includes a room with a hospital bed and a lift for those you require it.

Consumers are also treated to a number of outings, including trips to the New York State Fair, Cooperstown, Sea Breeze, and other area attractions.

“Our consumers enjoy their time here and look forward to joining us for the weekend,” said Patchen. “For the parents it’s a chance to have some respite while knowing that their loved one is in good care.”

OCO’s Respite Program is currently serving more than 60 individuals, each of which can access the program up to 45 days per year.

For more information on the Respite Program, call 315-598-4710 or visit www.oco.org

The Pink Guardian Angel is visiting various OCO sites throughout Oswego County as it reminds community members about OCO’s 10th annual Bowl-A-Fun and the announcement of the winner of the Golden Opportunities raffle that will take place on April 2 at Lakeview Lanes.