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
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.
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.”