The site of a former adult day-care facility has become -- an adult day-care facility.

The site of a former adult day-care facility has become -- an adult day-care facility.

Community Health Connection Inc. is the relatively new provider in the Northland area of services for older adults and those with special needs or who have a developmental disability.

The nonprofit operation is located at 4550 Heaton Road. The building was previously occupied by a Heritage Day Health Center outlet, which relocated to the former Frank's Nursery at 1700 E. Dublin Granville Road.

A new member of the staff at Community Health Connection -- which has been open about five months, according to director of developmental disabilities Angel Reid -- is artist and musician Ray Winburn. He is art and music director, offering music and art therapy to clients.

"That's kind of our niche," Reid said.

"We want them to be able to express the enjoyment of art," Winburn said. "Some of our clients will be highly developed in art."

Reid said that CHC is owned by the operators of a child day-care center and a home health agency. The latter connection can help provide care to clients who need one-on-one attention, Reid said.

The facility on Heaton Road is set up to accept elderly people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease in need of nursing and monitoring, according to Reid, but also can provide care for people with developmental disabilities.

CHC offers programs for community integration, Reid said, along with intergenerational gatherings and training to help people maintain their independence.

About 90 people can be accommodated at the facility, she said.

That it was once used for the same purpose made the building all the more attractive to the owners of Community Health Connection, according to Reid.

"When we were looking for a place this was high on the list," she said. "It was set up and we grabbed it right away."

In addition to the art and music therapy programs directed by Winburn, Reid said that she is a gardening enthusiast and plans to set up a gardening program for clients as soon as the spring arrives.

For his part, Winburn said that he is hoping to have students from the Columbus College of Art and Design and other colleges in central Ohio come in and work with his charges.

He also is planning visits with clients to the Riley Hawk Gallery in the Short North and the Columbus Museum of Art.

Winburn envisions having a gallery at Community Health Connection to exhibit the work of area artists as well as clients at the facility.

On the music side of things, he wants to develop a social activity that allows people to communicate through drumming and playing other instruments.

Community Health Connection, according to the Web site chcohio.org, offers medical assessments, preventive care, rehabilitation therapy, exercise, music, arts and crafts, transportation, hot meals, social activities and a recreation center.

"We play games," Reid said. "We do reminiscing. We do a lot of mental activities to keep the mind going."

CHC is open to those 18 and over living in central Ohio who require ongoing medical or supportive services during the day or are limited because of injury or physical or developmental disability.

More information is available at the Web site or by calling 880-0628.