Over the past 45 years, Geer Corporation has evolved into a 70-acre healthcare campus, addressing the expanding needs of the people of our community.
In 1970, Geer opened the 120-bed Geer Memorial Health Center, a state-of-the-art nursing facility. The new Geer Memorial Health Center quickly established itself with physicians and professional caregivers as a premier provider of skilled nursing care.
Geer’s original mission envisioned the operation of a skilled nursing facility, but as the needs of the area continued to unfold, the scope of Geer’s care expanded, too.
In 1978, the Geer Adult Day Center opened as an alternative to more expensive home care in response to the growing number of elderly individuals in need of care during the day when their caregivers were at work. Today it is the second oldest continuously operating adult day center in Connecticut and one of the oldest in the country. Geer remains committed to offering the elderly an alternative to being left alone at home all day.
In 1980, to address the isolation of the elderly and disabled in a rural area without public transportation, Geer instituted what has now become the largest specialized transportation service in the tri-state area. Geer’s fleet of vehicles serves families in an area of more than 500 square miles every day, not only transporting the elderly and disabled to Geer’s Adult Day Center, but also to medical appointments, shopping, recreational and cultural events.
In 2002, Geer opened Beckley House, a 34-unit residence for limited income seniors. The mission and culture of Beckley House is not simply to provide shelter, but to become a home and “family” from which the elderly can continue to be, or again become, independent members of the community.
In 2003, Geer opened a non-profit retail pharmacy giving residents, employees and family of Geer campus employees access to prescription drugs below retail prices.
Also in 2003, Geer Village, a regional gathering center and senior living community, was opened. It is home to independent, assisted and memory-impaired residents. Geer Village also includes a full-service YMCA available to the residents, employees and community.