LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An adult daycare center is closing its doors this summer in South Fort Myers. Sunrise Community, Inc., announced the closing in letters to families of clients. Many of those are elderly, with medical needs.
"It is a shame. It's sad they are closing. They did a real good job for a lot of families. Now, some of those people likely will have to go to the next level of medical care: assisted living facilities," said Jill Modell-Dion, director of a Senior Friendship Center, a few miles from Sunrise.
Modell-Dion said some of the Sunrise clients might be able to come to her center, but some have medical needs that are so great, they could not be cared for at the Friendship Center.
Up to 40 families will have to find other options for daycare for their loved ones.
Sunrise's president in Miami said as a non-profit, it could not cope with cuts in funding for managed care and cuts instituted by the state of Florida this past year.
He said the managed care funding has dropped from about $90 a day per client, to about $50.
"We just cannot survive any longer, and it is tragic," said president Les Leech, Jr.
Sunrise is based in Miami. The center in South Fort Myers is the only one that it operates in Lee County. It will close by September 1.