Adult day care plan takes shape in Seymour
SEYMOUR — TEAM, Inc., a community organization which provides elderly services such as Meals on Wheels, medical transportation, and homemaking services, has partnered with the town of Seymour in hopes of creating an adult day care program to serve the lower Naugatuck Valley.
David Morgan, the CEO of Derby-based TEAM, Inc., said that many families are traveling out of the area to reach adult day care programs such as Sunset Shores in Stratford and Clelian Adult Day Center in Hamden, with no such services available in the Valley.
“It’s 12 to 13 miles away to go to Hamden, which is the closest,” said David Morgan, the CEO of TEAM.
In 2015, members of TEAM created an Adult Day Care Action Committee to assess services available to the elderly in Valley towns. The committee showcased its findings to officials throughout the Valley to find out which municipality might partner with them in building the facility.
TEAM is now in the planning stages to renovate the top floor of the Seymour Community Center to house the adult day care.
“We still have a long road ahead, as the state bond application is the first of many steps toward the possibility of making this all happen,” Morgan said. “This is considered a pre-application phase.”
Morgan said that the adult day care program would combine a social and medical model so that there would be qualified care givers available to administer medications.
Daun Barret, a member of the Senior Advisory Council and the director of community outreach and parish nursing at Griffin Hospital, said the combination of medical management and socialization can ease the minds of people who bring their loved ones to the center.
“It’s a need whose time is overdue,” Barret said. “The council has done a really huge job. There are a lot of people working on this.”
The adult day care is intend to fulfill needs that are distinctive from those met by a local senior center.
“A senior center is for people who can get there,” Barret said. “It’s more self-care. You might end up taking a trip to Atlantic City. This is for people who are less independent and can’t be left alone, or their loved ones don’t want them left alone.”
The program would also cost families less than other care options, Barret said.
“Lots of times, the only other option is to place their loved one in long-term care, but that is extremely expensive,” she said. “It’s so much better when a senior can stay at home or with family.”
If the proposal is approved by the State Bond Commission, Morgan said TEAM will have a better sense of a timeline for construction.
“These things can take months (or) over a year,” Morgan said, “but we know there is strong support and it addresses a critical resource deficit, and is regional in its approach and service.”