The West Haven Adult Day Center is a social and health care agency that deals with physical, emotional and social problems experienced by older adults. We are a community of people helping each other.
A variety of group discussions
Classes and activities
Help with activities of daily living
Individual and family counseling
Bathing and grooming
Physical exercise and nutrition
Our center serves frail and handicapped adults from the Greater New
Haven area. To date, clients have attended from Bethany, Branford, East
Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, New Haven, West Haven and Woodbridge.
Most are older than 60, but services have been given to a few younger
adults with clear needs for this program.
Our center is housed
in a wing of the spacious and modern Robert A. Johnson Community
Center, formerly Noble School. The facilities include an arts and crafts
room, a living room, a dining room and a health and grooming room.
Other portions of the Johnson center house a child day care center and
various community offices. Participants in these programs share certain
activities with our clients and help reduce the age segregation
frequently found in services for older adults.
Every effort is made to arrange safe, reliable transportation. In some
cases it is provided by the center, which has a handicapped-accessible
van with a wheelchair lift for wheelchair clients, and in other cases by
the family or town of residence. The center is a certified medical day
Applicants to the program are first interviewed at the center, or over
the phone, and then in most cases are invited to attend the center on a
trial basis for three days. At the end of the trial period, the
applicant and/or family will decide whether the program is suitable from
their perspective, and the staff will determine the appropriateness of
the applicant for the program. A meeting will then be scheduled to
discuss the results of the trial period. Applicants admitted will sign a
contract stating treatment goals, days of attendance, transportation
arrangements and fee.
At this moment, there are two programs in
the state of Connecticut that can help fund adult day care. They are
the Alzheimer’s Respite Program and the Home Care Program, both funded
through the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. If a
person is not eligible for any of the above programs, a private fee can
be negotiated. When an individual is unable to pay the full fee, a
reduced fee can be negotiated based on our sliding fee scale. All
efforts are made to help individuals and families locate available
There are certain problems that cannot be
adequately cared for at the Adult Day Center, such as chronic
unmanageable incontinence, excessive wandering, abusive and harmful
behavior, constant need for one-on-one staff monitoring or contagious
conditions. Applicants with these problems cannot be served at the
center. If these problems develop after a client enters the program, the
day care services may need to be replaced by home care or nursing home
People who join our program find it to be warm, friendly
and active. Our capable professional staff consists of a full-time
director, registered nurse, certified nurse's aide, office coordinator
and a van driver/program aide, and it is well-complemented by a team of
dedicated volunteers. There is a wide array of ages and experiences
among our community of clients, volunteers and staff. We use an old,
powerful medicine: People coming together in a mutually helpful
atmosphere and, over a period of time, promoting each other’s strengths.
Please feel free to call or visit our program if you would like more