Help on the horizon

Colonie adult day care program expands into Guilderland

— A day program started in Colonie for seniors suffering from the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s will be expanding to a location in Guilderland.

Bright Horizons, an adult daycare program from Colonie Senior Service Center, will be opening in New Karner Plaza in Guilderland in an effort to help more seniors and their caretakers.

“We looked at whether we should start to look outside the borders of the Town of Colonie,” said Executive Director at the Colonie Senior Service Center Ed Neary regarding the decision to expand. “While most of the services we provide are for people who are in or come to Colonie, we still provide some services to neighboring communities like Guilderland.”

The Bright Horizons program has been growing since it was created in 1983 at Beltrone Living Center. In 1985, the program expanded to include a second facility, which it eventually outgrew, necessitating a move to the Pine Grove facility. In 2007, the program had outgrown its Pine Grove building, prompting the organization to seek a bigger space outside the borders of Colonie. They eventually settled on the Karner Road building, which is more accessible than the previous building. The original program still operates at the Beltrone Living Center.

Neary said that while Colonie Senior Service Center offers some programs in Guilderland and there are some great programs provided by the town of Guilderland, there currently isn’t an adult day care program in the town. By moving closer to the seniors, the program can help more people.

“I think some people in the Guilderland community are looking and saying, ‘Well I’ve got to go all the way into Colonie,’ and the toss up may not seem like a lot, but for elderly people, it’s everyday and they have to negotiate the transportation,” said Neary.

The senior center is also into expanding to the Clifton Park area, but Neary said finding an affordable location can be the most challenging aspect of opening up a new center. The cost of the daily service provided by Bright Horizons is around $40, while the New York state average is generally closer to $70.

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