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Newport adult day care to close

NEWPORT — An adult day-out program that has been serving the region for about 20 years will close its doors March 1.

The Connecticut Valley Health Care Adult Day Out Program offers therapeutic daytime activities for adults with developmental disabilities Monday through Friday. Activities include gardening, quilting, music and dance, games, arts and crafts and field trips.

The Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice took over the program last summer when Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont closed its Connecticut Valley Home Care program.

Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice CEO Jim Culhane said it was one of many programs the association took over. It also took on more than 200 participants and the majority of the staff.

Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice also runs two small day programs in New London and Lebanon for individuals with mild to moderate memory loss or dementia.

The adult day out program provides breakfast and lunch, heath services and nutritional education.

But it really isn’t a medical service and three-quarters of the patients are on Medicaid, which pays very little for these types of services, Culhane said.

“The reimbursement rates were difficult for us to work with,” Culhane said. “There are not a lot of medical adult day care programs in this state for this very reason.”

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