Shorehaven to close Adult Day Center

Enterprise Staff

July 30, 2015

OCONOMOWOC - Due to declining need, the Shorehaven Campus has announced that it will be closing its Adult Day Center. Shorehaven CEO Ed Somers announced this week that the board of directors, after carefully reviewing the data, made the difficult decision that the campus will cease operation of the Adult Day Center by the end of this year.

“Because of the changing needs of the people served, and in order to direct resources to areas of greatest need, we have decided to close the Center,” Somers said.

Originating in 1988, the center has served as a daytime respite for families seeking care for loved ones. Open Monday through Friday, the center offered assistance with personal care, supervision with self-administration of medication, individual and group activities, whirlpool baths, nutritious noon meals, current events, outings and exercise.

According to a release, the center is averaging only six clients on a daily basis.

“Client enrollment has been decreasing for several years,” Somers said. “The downward trend has resulted in our closing the Center. We realize this decision impacts our loyal community seniors and their families. Although the situation is regrettable, we will continue to provide community services in our Life@Home and Mobile Meal programs.”

The five Adult Day Center employees have been encouraged to apply for onsite open positions at Shorehaven. Somers said he believes Shorehaven will be able to switch the staff to other positions in the company.

“We have various positions open and we have time until this is finalized,” Somers said. “We will be working with them to see what position will best match their skills.”

Family members were alerted to the center’s closing last week and Shorehaven will be working with the clientele to line up other care options for them.

Somers added that the decision to close the center had nothing to do with Shorehaven’s impending renovation.

“(The center) has been on a steady decline,” Somers said. “If you look around the Oconomowoc area, there have been a lot of other services that have come to replace what Adult Day Services has done. Quite a few adult day centers have closed in the recent years.”