, April 13, 2000
[The following article is courtesy of the Atlantic News
HAMPTON -- Thanks in part to the assistance of the Seacoast Business Alliance and the cooperation of many town officials, a center serving area elderly residents will be moving to new quarters in Hampton.
The Seaside Elderly Day Out Center will nearly double its space and capacity once it moves on Saturday, April 15 into new quarters behind the public municipal parking lot on High Street in Hampton.
The Center offers a variety of services to elderly residents at the center. These include medical, nutritional, nursing, social and adult day care services. The structured daily schedule is designed to promote and provide social activities for the participants. Other activities include daily exercise sessions, crafts, games and the pursuit of individual interests, according to Susan Armstrong, a registered nurse who is the owner-operator of the Center.
The Center provides a place where caregivers to elderly individuals can bring the older citizens in their care. Clients of the Center range in age from their late 60s to their 90s, according to Armstrong. At its current Lafayette Road location since opening in 1996, the Center serves approximately 20 clients per week, with 12 persons on-site daily. The new facility will allow the center to expand services to more elders and their families.
Armstrong purchased the building in February from Donald Palmer through Rye-based real estate agency of Tate & Foss, Inc. The building has had several occupants over the years, the most recent being the Salvation Army.
The project involved obtaining several permits from various town departments.
"The planning board, zoning board, and board of selectmen were all helpful in making sure we had our permits," says Armstrong. "All the town officials were extremely cooperative, answered all our questions and, in a very nice way, made sure we did everything correctly."
Armstrong went on to say that "the Seacoast Business Alliance assisted in developing a business plan for the Center, and in putting together the financing by Olde Port Bank and the Small Business Administration." Prior to the establishment of the Seacoast Business Alliance, said Armstrong, initial assistance was received through the Rockingham Economic Development Corporation.
The Alliance is a recently formed regional development agency serving ten towns in the Seacoast area between Newington and Seabrook, with the exception of Portsmouth. It provides business counseling, financing and other assistance to new and expanding businesses. For more information about the Seacoast Business Alliance, call Executive Director Gordon Lane at 964-1560.
[Editor's note: Prior to moving to their new location at 441 Lafayette Road, the Center was located at 852 Lafayette Road since 1995 or 1996.]