ALPENA – The Caring Place, an adult daycare that has been in operation for more than 20 years, according to program supervisor Ann Lorenzi, will close its doors permanently at the end of January.
In a meeting last week, health officials said the day care center, located in the district health department’s No.4 building, has been losing money and clients since the start of the COVID pandemic. -19.
âThis is another example of the negative effects COVID-19 has had on our community,â Lorenzi said. âIt’s very sad that this is happening. “
Lorenzi has been the centre’s supervisor since November 2020.
The number of adult daycare clients has declined in recent years, and the center will close next month with only two full-time clients and one part-time client.
The two current full-time clients have been coming to the center for a long time, according to Lorenzi.
“One has been here for five years and the other for 20 years,” she said.
Lorenzi said they will have a farewell celebration for them.
The Caring Place is dedicated to providing social interactions and activities to adult customers with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. They worked with varying costs and also offered transportation.
âPeople are just hesitant to leave their homes,â Lorenzi said.
Lorenzi, a registered nurse, said she would devote more time to other DHD4 programs, including the harm reduction program aimed at saving the lives of drug addicts in the community.
Even though the center is on the verge of closing for good, Lorenzi said she hopes things may change in the future.
Health officials said the program’s budget was negative, but the responsibility of being understaffed or having underqualified staff is a bigger issue.
The center has three employees, not counting the volunteers. The employees are contract workers who were paid more than $ nine an hour, officials said.
Officials said they had increased the salary to $ 10, but there was still high turnover and with a shortage of nurses staffing the center was a challenge.
Health officials agreed that in addition to these issues, the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the daycare program is a non-mandated program, closing the center would be the best option.
They expressed regret that they had to cut those jobs and shut down a program that still benefits a few people. They also regretted that a donation of $ 10,000 was recently received for the program and applied to the negative budget.
Officials voted to issue 30 days’ notice and to close the center at the end of a pay period, so the closing day will come at the end of January.