After nearly four decades of providing adult day care service, Beebe Healthcare has closed its Gull House Adult Activity Center.
Describing it as a difficult decision, Ryan Marshall, Beebe Healthcare spokesperson, said the facility had been closed since April 2020 because of COVID-19. Those who visited Gull House were considered high risk and continue to be so during the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, he said in an email Sept. 1.
Opening in 1987, the Gull House was in Rehoboth Beach for decades before moving to the Dartmouth Business Center outside Lewes a few years ago; it was a structured and supervised adult care program designed for functionally impaired persons 18 years or older. The primary goals were to avoid or forestall institutional placement; to support or improve social, mental, emotional and physical levels of functioning; to enhance the quality of life; and to provide respite to family caregivers.
Marshall said each family that had been currently using the facility has been personally contacted about the decision. Neither the number of families nor the peak number of users were provided, because, Marshall said, Beebe does not disclose census information of any Beebe care site.
“We do this in the best interest of protecting patient privacy,” said Marshall.
For families who need adult care options, Marshall said Beebe has contacted other providers that also provide this service. He said the Easterseals facility in Georgetown and the Sand Hill Adult Day Program at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown are two of Beebe’s great partners in Sussex County that care for many individuals and provide this service for families throughout the county.
For more information on the Easterseals facility in Georgetown, 22317 Dupont Blvd., call 302-253-1100 or go to easterseals.com/de. According to the facility’s website, the primary contact is Pam Reuther.
For more information on the Sand Hill Adult Day Program at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown, 20520 Sand Hill Road, call 302-854-9500 or go to cheerde.com. According to the facility’s website, the primary contact is Cindy Mitchell.