BATAVIA – The Elderday Center in Batavia has ceased operations, leaving seniors and their caregivers looking for another place for daytime adult programming.
The non-profit center at 328 W. Wilson St., designed to help seniors with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities or physical impairment, closed its doors at the end of the day’s activities on May 30.
The decision to close Elderday appears to have been sudden, with clients of the center only learning that same day.
Elderday staff members provided a statement from the center’s board of directors, and said it is hoped that the center will reopen soon, but declined further comment.
The statement, which is posted on the Elderday website, reads as follows:
“It is regrettable that as of May 31, 2019, Elderday will be suspending its operations. The organization is proud of its 29-year history of providing valuable adult day care service and therapeutic programming to its clients and their family caregivers. Any further information regarding the status of the organization will be posted here.”
Sam Hill, well-known as a former Geneva alderman, along with his wife Carolyn, have been coming to the center twice a week for well over a year.
“It’s a great place,” Sam Hill said. “It’s really been wonderful. We’ve enjoyed all the people here.”
Elgin residents Carol and Bob Treder said the center has been a great place for exercise, playing games and socializing.
Bob Treder said he enjoyed the daily discussion of current events, designed to keep minds sharp.
“We just have so much fun here,” Carol Treder said, lamenting the news at the center’s closure. “Even the men were crying.”
The center, established in 1990, operated out of the old McWayne School building, now part of the Bethany Ministry Center attached to Bethany Lutheran Church.
“It’s been just like going to school,” Bob Treder said.
The center provided clients with a hot lunch and snacks, a variety of therapeutic activities, music and parties. A licensed nurse provided medication reminders and oversight.
Elderday also provided assistance to caregivers with individual counseling and support groups.