Adult day care program in Belchertown ending

Hampshire County

An adult day care program will be ending in Belchertown at the end of June. 

Lack of funding forced the Belchertown Council on Aging’s Advisory Board to make the decision to end the program. 

The Belchertown Senior Center has offered senior daycare for more than 20-years.

It’s benefited seniors who can’t stay at home on their own but don’t need to be placed in a nursing home. The program offers games, trivia, and movies.

The coordinator for the program told 22News that the town used to give money to help support the program, but is no longer willing to fund it. 

“It breaks my heart. I’ve done this job for more than 23 years,” said adult day care coordinator, Diane Radebaugh. “That’s a lot of seniors and a lot of families that I have loved and supported. We’re a family here, we’re very much like a family.”

Belchertown Senior Center Executive Director Jessica Langlois told 22News two program assistants will lose their jobs.

There will be a meeting next Monday night at the Belchertown Town Hall to discuss the details of ending the program.

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