Adult Day Center update

Adult Day Center update

September 1, 2020

Having the Adult Day Center (ADC) closed for so long truly has been a hardship for us all and we understand this was a major disruption. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone around the world and North Canaan CT is no exception.

I want you to know that we have tried to make decisions with the health and safety of all our participants, families, and staff as our top priority. We are saddened by all that has occurred but take some comfort in knowing that no one at Geer has become ill due to the COVID-19 virus. That said, we cannot escape that fact that this virus remains dangerous for the people we care for and we cannot find a safe way to resume ADC operations.

Sadly, after much consideration we have concluded that we will not reopen Geer’s ADC program. The risk of infection as we transport highly vulnerable people across long distances and provide care in a confined space is just too great.

This also means we have had to lay off or reassign the staff at the ADC. Please know we did not decide this quickly or easily. The ADC staff and participants were like family to us all and they will be greatly missed. We know this is not what anyone wants to hear and apologize for any difficulty this causes. Please understand that this does not mean we are giving up on ADC services entirely.

Going forward we are focused on finding new ways to help those who need support at home. We are happy to inform you we are creating an entirely new division at Geer focused on safe, alternative programming for seniors. Geer is embarking on the creation of a new division called Community Services with a goal to provide a variety of senior support services throughout our service area.

We are thrilled to introduce Lenore Consiglio, LPN as our new Senior Director of Community Services that will lead this exciting endeavor. It will take us some time to release the details of this new division, but rest assured they are coming and we will keep you informed.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions feel free to contact Lenore Consiglio at (860) 824-2623 or lconsiglio@geercares.org or Kevin O’Connell, CEO at (860) 824-3868 or koconnell@geercares.org.

Again, this is a sad way to end the many wonderful years of loving service the ADC provided to seniors across the northwest corner of Connecticut. We hope that any disappointment will quickly turn to optimism as we introduce new, safer and more effective ways we can help people live full and enriched lives at home.

Sincerely,

Kevin O’Connell, CEO

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