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Adult day care program to return to Riverhead this spring

The Riverhead Country Day School on Columbus Avenue, at Stotzky Park, closed a year ago. File photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead will have an adult day care program once again.

The town plans to enter into an agreement with a company that runs two such programs in western Suffolk, to provide adult day care services at the town-owned building formerly occupied by Riverhead Country Day School at Stotzky Memorial Park.

Community Program Centers of Long Island, which operates adult care centers in Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson, will pay the town $1,875 per month to use about 1,500 square feet of the 3,000-square-foot facility, which it will share with the town’s intergenerational programs.

The program will serve people with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

The adult day care program will serve up to 25 people per day. They will be charged a daily fee of $75, which is a very reasonable fee for the type of service being provided, Riverhead director of senior citizen programs Judy Doll said. The fee will include breakfast and lunch.

The town had an adult day care program for about a decade beginning in the mid 1990s, but ended it because it was not cost-effective.

Community Program Centers of Long Island was the only organization to respond to a request for qualifications issued by the town on Aug. 6.

The town will undertake about $35,000 worth of renovations to the building which are needed regardless of who occupies it, Supervisor Sean Walter said. The town board at today’s work session agreed to move forward with a three-year license agreement with Community Program Centers of Long Island.

“It’s a win-win for the town to do this,” Doll said in an interview after the work session. “It’s something the town desperately needs, but the town won’t be responsible for programming or staffing.”

According to the 2010 census, 20 percent of Riverhead’s residents are 65 or older.

Community Program Centers of Long Island has been running an adult day care since 1984, Doll said.

“They are very eager to get going. We hope to have it up and running by April,” she said.

Denise Civiletti
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