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D’Youville’s Adult Day Health Care Transitioned to Community Family, Inc.

After 40 years as the pioneering Adult Day Health program in Lowell, D’Youville Life & Wellness Community closed the Adult Day Health program at the end of March, 2017.

However, in order to provide quality Adult Day Health care for our families, D’Youville and The Community Family, Inc. (“TCF”), also a highly-regarded non-profit organization, created a partnership that consolidated their Adult Day Health Care programs and offered other elder care services to a broader range of seniors in Greater Lowell.

Those wanting to know more about The Community Family’s Adult Day Health program are encouraged to contact Anne Marchetta, MSW, Executive Director, at (617) 389-4500 or (978) 458-4844, or via e-mail at annem@communityfamily.org.

TCF’s Lowell Adult Day Health program is located at 236 Broadway, Lowell, MA 01854. Please contact them at (978) 458-4844, communityfamily,org, or simply click on the photo below to be linked to their website.

Why did the program close?

Implementation of new costly licensing regulations for Adult Day Health programs has increased the expense of providing services, while at the same time there has been no increase in the state reimbursement rate for those services. This situation has presented challenges for all providers, especially those that run small programs similar to D’Youville.

“We regret having to close the doors of our Adult Day program, which has provided quality care for over 1,000 seniors since it opened 40 years ago,”
said Naomi Prendergast. “We have used this unique opportunity to join with another high-level non-profit in ways that will provide the services our current adult day health clients need. At the same time, The Community Family’s seniors will have increased access to an expanded array of elder health care services that we provide, on a preferred basis. This is a positive outcome for both organizations.”

Through this collaboration with The Community Family, D’Youville’s clients were able to take advantage  of the larger program size and their expertise in the field of Adult Day Health. TCF is a highly regarded provider of adult day services, with sites in Lowell, Everett and Medford, Massachusetts.

In return, The Community Family’s clients will have access to D’Youville’s broader range of elder care services through a new preferred partner relationship between the two non-profit organizations. D’Youville offers long-term skilled nursing (nursing home) care including special care for persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss, short-term rehabilitation, short-term respite care, and affordable and market rate housing – independent living, traditional assisted living (EOEA certification pending) and memory care assisted living (already EOEA certified).

Anne Marchetta of TCF commented, “The Community Family is pleased to collaborate with D’Youville. Both non-profit organizations share a mission of providing high quality care to those we serve. Working together, our organizations will assure the continued presence of non-profit adult day health services in Lowell. With more than 80 years of combined experience in adult day health services, we expect this to be a strong and healthy partnership moving forward.”

What is Adult Day Health Care?

Adult day health care (“ADH”) is a structured program of health and supportive services designed to meet the individual needs of adults who need medical monitoring, supervision, personal assistance and socialization. Participants will attend The Community Family’s (TCF) centers on a planned basis for two to five days a week, where they will receive the care they need. Some attend ADH programs for years, while others may attend for short-term support while transitioning back to their homes from hospitals or rehabilitation.

Adult day health care also provides much-needed respite for caregivers who get relief from their care giving responsibilities knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for. Services provided include nursing care, activities, nutrition, social work and assistance with activities of daily living.