2009-01-15 / Front Page

Construction begins on Jamestown's first day care center for senior citizens

By Jeff McDonough

After nine years of planning, a little cold weather didn't stop the ground-breaking on Tuesday for the new elderly day care facility on North Main Road. From left are Al Sheahan, Gail Sheahan, builder Scott Brewer and excavator Archie Clarke. After nine years of planning, a little cold weather didn't stop the ground-breaking on Tuesday for the new elderly day care facility on North Main Road. From left are Al Sheahan, Gail Sheahan, builder Scott Brewer and excavator Archie Clarke. Gail Sheahan was all smiles on Tuesday as she and her brother, Al Sheahan, broke ground for the community's first day care center that will cater to the elderly.

"This has been nine years in the making," Sheahan said. "We've proposed different neighborhoods and different houses before we settled on something on which we could all agree."

Sheahan is the owner of Consistent Care, a home health care agency. The company's new facility at 49 North Main Rd., which should be completed sometime this spring, will include office space and a day care center for adults, including social activities and medical assistance.

"Adult day care is the wave of the future," Sheahan said. "There is really a desperate need for this."

The new facility should be able to accomodate 35 adults at a time, Sheahan said.

An architect's rendering of Consistent Care's adult day care center on North Main Road. The new facility will serve Jamestown's growing senior population. An architect's rendering of Consistent Care's adult day care center on North Main Road. The new facility will serve Jamestown's growing senior population. Sheahan, who established Consistent Care in Jamestown since 1991, said the expansion would create at least 10 new jobs here in Jamestown. Her company currently employs 50 people. She said her company makes more than 11,000 calls annually to homes in and near Jamestown.

Sheahan expects to hire even more workers in the future because she believes the adult day care center will help to expand her home health care business, too.

Sheahan said the day care center will give many local families the flexibility to continue to care for their aging parents at home. Care plans will be "personalized," she added.

She said the facility will have extended hours on Thursday and Friday evenings, so families can have a "night out."

She plans to seek clients across both bridges for the adult day care center. She also said that clients may be dropped off at the day care center or that they will pick them up.

In addition to the senior day care and home health care, Sheahan said her company offers medical advocacy and case management.

The Consistent Care office is currently located at 8 Clinton St. Sheahan said she had tried to sell the real estate when she was seeking financing for the North Main Road facility.

Sheahan was able to secure fi- nancing even though the Clinton Street property did not sell. Given the state of the economy, the property has been taken off the market, Sheahan said. She said she will probably rent out the building once the new facility is opened.

The North Main Road facility is expected to open this spring.

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