Adult Day Program to close

Newtown, Pennsylvania (Oct. 28, 2019)—In a letter dated Oct. 18, Executive Director Dakia McMillian notified family members and participants in Chandler Hall’s Adult Day Program that the program will end by Dec. 31.

“It is with deepest regret that I am writing to inform you that we will be discontinuing the Adult Day Program by Dec. 31, 2019,” McMillian wrote.

“As part of Chandler Hall’s ongoing renewal program, we have reviewed the Adult Day Program and found that based on existing space limitations we are unable to maintain the enrollment required to sustain the program financially,” McMillian said. “We have concluded that it would be irresponsible to continue this program at the expense of Chandler Hall’s other programs.”

Since it was established in 1980, Chandler Hall’s Adult Day Program has helped enrich the lives of hundreds of older adults and given families and caregivers respite during the day to work, run errands and rest. Unfortunately, the program has never become self-supporting.

Chandler Hall has subsidized the program for many years and attempted to raise money to support it, but that gap has widened over the years and as Chandler Hall is working to grow and innovate, it needs to focus  on the programs that best serve the community in a sustainable way.

“Our team is working with families and staff during this transition to help everyone involved navigate their choices and find the best option for each individual,” McMillian noted in an Oct. 22 letter to the Chandler Hall community. “We welcome program participants to become residential members of the Chandler Hall community as Manor House residents in the Personal Care Program or in the new Hicks Memory Support Residence.”

The Board of Directors reviewed all of its program offerings and determined that Chandler Hall needed to focus on fewer programs.

“This decision is difficult, but necessary for the financial health of Chandler Hall,” McMillian wrote in concluding her letter to the Chandler Hall community. “Moving forward, we will focus our resources on our residential program and on growing our Centers of Excellence: Hospice, Memory Care and Short-term Rehabilitation. In this way, we will remain true to our mission and values, and continue to serve the community for many years to come.”

To learn more about the Personal Care Program or the Hicks Memory Support Residence, call the Marketing Department at 267-291-2302. For other information, please email Dakia McMillian at dmcmillian@ch.kendal.org.