It’s time for the long-awaited grand opening of Centrica Adult Day, our site for daytime visits at Oakland Drive and Centre Road. After years of planning and preparation, we’re opening the doors May 2.
“I have been asked at least once a week for the past two years: When do you think Adult Day will open again?” says Rachel Dedes, director of community programs.
Our community partners – and even our competition – report that they’re glad to hear Centrica Adult Day will soon be open for guests.
Welcome to Centrica Adult Day
Caregivers do a lot for the people we serve here at Centrica Care Navigators. But they need time for themselves too, so they can head to work or simply take a break.
Centrica Adult Day is a place for our guests to be active and find a community. They can spend hours there every day, enjoying music, art, and exercise. There’s a dining area for conversations and nutritious lunches. Each guest is supported by a skilled, professional team, too, including a registered nurse, life enrichment coordinator, certified nursing assistants, and a medication technician.
We welcome adults age 65 and older who need guidance and support. Many of our guests are physically frail, have memory loss, or need socialization during the day.
What’s still the same?
We sometimes call Centrica Adult Day “the best-kept secret in town.” We weren’t well-known to the community under our old name, even after nearly 13 years of service. We’ve made a lot of changes since then!
You’ll see more of our volunteers. They will greet guests when they arrive, and join in the activities we do every day. More friendly faces will make visits to Centrica Adult Day even more enjoyable for many.
We also have a new nurse manager focused on the needs of all of our guests at Centrica Adult Day.
“We want to make it as friendly as possible,” says Amanda Leinaar, manager of adult day services. “Guest happiness is the most important thing.”
Not everything is different, though. We still offer a safe and secure place for families, and the high-quality staff and wholesome meals you expect from us. Lunches will be provided by Milestone Senior Services, right here in Kalamazoo.
A hairdresser, Jennifer Piper, is also returning – in May, the hair salon will be ready for visitors. We’re working hard to bring in more special visitors to help everyone look and feel their best.
Many guests say activities like music and exercise are some of their favorite things to do when they’re visiting Centrica Adult Day. Everything from bingo to video games are available to get guests moving and interacting with one another.
Our hours haven’t changed: we will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“I think people will be really excited to see our volunteers, new activities, and friendly staff ready to provide their loved ones a fun-filled day,” Leinaar says.
Newcomers are welcome to experience Centrica Adult Day with a free half-day initial visit. To learn more or schedule a visit, contact Amanda Leinaar at 269.345.0273.
Our Mission is to guide and support individuals and their caregivers coping with illness, aging, dying, and loss by providing compassionate medical, emotional, spiritual, and personal care.