Adult Care Services
844 Sunset Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86305 • 928-771-2335
The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center
3407 N. Windsong Dr., Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 • 928-775-3563
The Margaret T. Morris Center
878 Sunset Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86305 • 928-445-6633
Adult Care Services (ACS) is a local, private, nonprofit organization in northern Arizona. ACS is proud of its’ rich history of serving adults 18 years and older throughout Yavapai and Coconino Counties. Those we serve suffer from isolation or loneliness or have varying illnesses, disabilities and dementias including but not limited to stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, developmental disabilities, respiratory illnesses, Lou Gehrig’s disease and mental illnesses.
ACS’ commitment and mission is to provide “Quality Care, Quality Service and Quality of Life” to those we serve. As a private nonprofit our revenues are invested back into the programs we provide to further support the people receiving services as well as educating the community.
1982 - Susan J. Rheem, founding Director of Adult Care Services became passionate about starting adult day care in Prescott. She moved from visioning to action very quickly, leaving a secure position with a national company for a complete unknown. Susan joined forces with the Foundation for Senior Living, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and a group of advisors to start the Prescott Senior Day Care Center (later know as The Center Adult Day Services.) With Susan as director, a part-time nurse, Susan’s trusty dog Rusty, and a broken down van, services began.
1984 – With the help of private foundations and community support, Susan assumes the Prescott Senior Day Care Center from the Foundation for Senior Living and officially forms the private nonprofit organization Adult Care Services to oversee the day center program. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiates the groundbreaking for the Prescott day center’s permanent location at 826 Sunset Avenue.
1984 - Susan began working with the Veterans Administration (VA) on the national and state levels to develop an initiative allowing veterans to receive adult day services. Through the efforts of Susan and ACS, the Prescott day center was one of the first to be chosen nationally to provide day services to veterans. The rigorous requirements set out by the VA helped ACS move to provide more comprehensive health services.
1990- Justice Sandra Day O’Connor returned to officiate at the ground breaking for the Phase II expansion of the Prescott Center.
1994 - ACS received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partners in Caregiving grant. Susan participated in a five-year training program developed by Dr. Burton Reifler of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. This program educated adult day centers on how to care for people with dementia and move from a social to a healthcare model of services. This allowed ACS to expand and enhance the quality of their programs, enabling them to serve a more diverse population and become a stronger, more viable organization.
1997 - As Alzheimer’s disease emerged as a defined affliction, the Flinn Foundation and the State of Arizona issued an initiative to create the “Arizona Model,” selecting 16 organizations to participate in a physical building design and program created just for people with Alzheimer’s disease. ACS was the only rural organization invited to participate which gave Susan more motivation to move ahead. Planning began, and once again, the generosity of ACS donors helped support this dream and the building of The Margaret T. Morris Center (MTMC.) To this day, MTMC remains an Arizona Model of care, now one of only two communities remaining in operation of this highly specialized program.
1998- ACS opens a second adult day center in Prescott Valley on Florentine Avenue.
1999 - In conjunction with the opening of MTMC, ACS was certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide assisted living Caregiver and Manager training programs. ACS also coordinates free community education sessions featuring specialists in health and aging.
2003 - With the support of generous community donations, ACS builds and opens a permanent site for the Prescott Valley day center at 3407 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley.
2010 - ACS launches a temporary fourth program, My Care Partner Non-Medical ~ In-Home Care completing our goal of providing a “continuum of care” for the community.
2011 – Sadly and unexpectedly, Susan J. Rheem passes away just a short time after she retired from ACS in 2008. ACS continues to grow under the leadership of Yvonne Napolitano who was hired by Susan in 1999. Yvonne and the many committed long-time employees continue to carry out Susan’s life’s work.
2012 - ACS celebrated 30 years of service to the community and renamed the day centers in honor of Susan to The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center.
2014 – Again through generous donors and special support from the former Sedona Sunrise Center for Adults,
Adult Care Services is a private 501(c)3 organization and relies on the generosity of its donors to expand, enhance, and support its mission. If you would like to donate to the good work of ACS click here.