Published on June 4, 2009, in the Batavia News
By Tom Rivers
ALBION — Those who serve as caretakers for Orleans County senior citizens who have dementia now have an option for respite care during the day.
The Arc of Orleans County on Monday started an adult day care from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former grammar school on East Academy Street. The Arc provides other services at the site, including the Nutri-Faire program.
Don Colquhoun, Arc executive director, said staff already is at the site so it was a good fit to provide the service, which has long been sought by Office for the Aging. The OFA has some funding to help families pay the $50 daily fee for the service, said Pam Canham, OFA director.
She said the service will provide caregivers with support and should let many seniors continue to live away from an institutionalized care setting.
The Arc is starting the service with 10 to 12 slots from Monday through Friday. Some seniors may only use the service for one or two days a week so there are openings for more than 10 to 12 seniors per week, Canham said.
The former grammar school was renovated by Path Stone, formerly called Rural Opportunities. The organization opened the complex in January following two years of construction. The site was turned into a senior citizen housing complex with 30 units on the second through fourth floors. The first floor is used by the Arc and Office for the Aging for senior citizen programs.
The new adult day care was praised by Legislator Gary Kent during Tuesday’s “Town Hall” meeting of the Legislature at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
“It will help to keep people living in their homes for as long as possible,” Kent said. “It’s the only program of its kind in the county.”