Croghan Adult Care Facility to ClosePosted: Updated:
Another north country small business owner says the state's mandatory hike in minimum wage is more than she can afford. The Croghan Adult Care Facility will close it's doors on January 31st, after almost five years of providing adult day care and housing for people with Alzheimer's and disabilities.
Executive Director Bethany Hughes says, “ Right now it's hard to pay staff $10.40 an hour when you're getting reimbursed through some programs for $9.00 an hour.”
The closure means elderly residents will have to find a new place to call home. Dorothy Fitzgerald has only lived there for about four months.
“I like it here,” Fitzgerald said. “I wish I could stay.”
Three residents have already found new homes, while three more are still looking.
Staff members are making sure residents have all their paperwork up-to-date, to make the transition to another facility easier.
Care of this sort is hard to find in Lewis County. Officials with Lewis County's Office for the Aging say the only other place providing services like Croghan Adult Care is Lewis County General Hospital.