MINNEAPOLIS (June 28, 2018) — East Side is announcing the closure of its Adult Day at Friendship Center program on September 14, 2018. Friendship Center has struggled to stay competitive in a changing adult day services industry since 2013, and East Side’s board has been considering various options and solutions since 2015.
Why is the Friendship Center closing? - One of East Side’s core priorities is that older adults are valued, socially and intellectually engaged, and able to live in the community. While the Friendship Center certainly supported this priority, it was falling behind other similar programs for reasons outside of East Side’s control. Emerging best practices for Adult Day Centers suggest on-site presence of medical staff, housing services, and large dedicated spaces designed specifically for older adults. Our research shows that there are better available options in our community with more tailored and robust services.
What will happen to our Adult Day clients? -East Side will work with our clients, their families, and social workers and case managers to actively support individual transition plans.
What will happen to Friendship Center staff? - Friendship Center staff positions will end on September 14. We are deeply grateful to the staff for their many years of care and passion in nurturing the Friendship Center community. We will continue to work closely with our team and provide employees with transitional support.
What will happen to East Side’s older adult programming? -East Side will continue to grow our services for older adults and their families, including Empowering Vital Aging health and wellness classes, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), accessible transportation, and senior dining. Our future vision includes intergenerational programming integrated into our main building that will allow for fitness classes, social engagement, space for educational workshops, and health and wellness classes.
“I am sorry to deliver this sad news. Over the years Friendship Center has enabled older adults to live and thrive where they want. It has been East Side’s honor to serve families in the community through Friendship Center over the last four decades,” said Kristine Martin, President of East Side.