Orchard House
421 Shore Dr
Branford CT 06405
Contact Information
Address 421 Shore Dr
Branford, CT 06405-
Telephone (203) 481-7110 x
Fax 203-481-2064
E-mail info@theorchardhouse.org
Web and Social Media
Champions In Action

 Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center is a nonprofit motivated to maintain the highest quality of care and to improve the quality of life of aging adults and caregivers in a supportive and person centered environment.
The  mission at Orchard House is to provide the highest quality of community based, person centered care, social programs, and family support to those in need.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
East Shore Regional Adult Day Care Center, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Stephanie Evans-Ariker
Board Chair Mr. Albert Canosa
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mosaic Printing
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
 Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center is a nonprofit motivated to maintain the highest quality of care and to improve the quality of life of aging adults and caregivers in a supportive and person centered environment.
The  mission at Orchard House is to provide the highest quality of community based, person centered care, social programs, and family support to those in need.
Orchard House has been providing aging adults with day programming and medical services, in a safe and nurturing environment, for over 35 years. For family caregivers, the services offered by Orchard House are invaluable as a source of respite from the difficulties of caring for an aging loved one.
Onsite RN's provide nursing care, medication management,  and social service coordination to aging adults while attending the day program.  Certified Nursing Assistants and support staff provide personal care, dietary support, and care management to clients and their families.  Our RN-CM supports safe transitions for both the individual and the caregiver from hospitals and other acute care setting to ensure coordination of care once back home. 
Transportation in wheelchair equipped vans allows seniors with mobility issues, who may otherwise be confined to their home, the ability to attend Orchard House and receive therapeutic programming, nursing care, and nutritious meals daily.
A Recreation Therapist creates programming that addresses the needs and interests of Orchard House members.  Programs such as HeART Therapy, a guided art therapy program,  gardening, musical entertainment, Pet Therapy, intergenerational programs, and computer classes are just a few of the offerings that Orchard House members enjoy which  improve overall emotional, social, and medical well-being.
The Dementia Care Program addresses the individualized needs of clients and their families who have been diagnosed with a Dementia related disorder. For family caregivers who desire more support in their role, Orchard House offers two caregiver support groups monthly. The Men As Caregivers group, or MAC, is a group that is specific to the needs and interests of male caregivers and is currently the only one in the state recognized by the Alzheimer's Association.  Orchard House also facilitates a support group in Guilford to address general caregiving needs. Orchard House also works closely with professionals in the field of aging to provide educational seminars and informational sessions for caregivers and the community at large.
Accomplishments from past year:
*110 older adults served in day program from 5 surrounding towns
*Served 19,000 meals to low income or food insecure older adults
*Provided over 76,000 hours of direct care to older adults with 60,000 hours being specific to dementia care
*Facilitated 66 hours in caregiver support groups
*Coordinated 625 hours of care management to members outside of our program
*Provided almost 65,000 miles of door to door transportation to homebound older adults 
*Supported 76,000 hours of caregiver respite 
Goals for current year:
1. Complete re-branding complete with new logo, mission, and vision.
2.Execute successful annual comedy event fundraiser; Laughter is the Best Medicine, and increase net profit by 15% over last event.
3.Research and strategize implementation of bequest program.
4.Start planning caregiver story/testimonial project. 
1. Pro-Bono Transportation Consultant to assist with determining whether Orchard House has the capacity to expand into medical Transportation.
2. Donor support in the amount of $25,000 to underwrite expansion of medical transportation services to older adults with functional disabilities in the broader community.
3. Board expansion to include specific skill sets such as legal expertise, outreach/marketing, and transportation.
4. Landscaping/gardening volunteers to assist with ongoing upkeep of outdoors gardens & pond.  
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Residential Care & Adult Day Programs
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Patient & Family Support
Areas Served
East Haven
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orchard House will serve any aging adult who is looking to join the day program, however, transportation services are offered to those living in Branford and the surrounding 4 towns. Orchard House has had participants attend from Clinton, West Haven, Hamden, and as far away as Stratford.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Orchard House is committed to serving those aging adults in greatest need of medical, social, recreational, and emotional support.  Orchard House understands that the need for care and social engagement is vital to adding to the quality of life of those living with a physical or cognitive condition. Orchard House also appreciates the many demands made on family caregivers and serves to share the responsibility of caregiving by offering respite care, support groups, informational sessions, financial assistance,  and  ongoing care management throughout the caregiving journey.
1.Nursing Care and oversight
2. In home assessments and case management
3.Medication management
4.Dementia Care Program
5.Handicap accessible transportation
6.USDA approved breakfast, hot lunch, and mid-day snack served daily
7.Therapeutic programming structured to meet the social, emotional, and medical needs of clients
8.Caregiver support groups
9.Financial assistance for clients and families
10. Caregiver training and educational support .
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Families / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
*100% of members show reduced risk of social isolation
*70% reduced risk of depression related to isolation
*45% improvement in cognitive awareness 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
*Aging adults are able to remain in their home as valuable members of the community
*Reduces risk of premature institutionalization
*Improves quality of life of aging adult and family caregiver
*Reduces caregiver stress and burnout 
*Minimizes financial hardship on caregiver 
*Improvement in overall health outcomes due to nursing oversight and intervention 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The program at Orchard House is audited annually by the Agency on Aging, the USDA, DOT, the CT. Association of Adult Day Services, and the State Department of Social Services. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Orchard House serves aging adults, and their families, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background creating a culturally rich day program. The client mix is diverse ranging in age from 45 to 101 years young, with acute and chronic medical needs including diabetes, cardiovascular issues, COPD, Parkinson's Disease, and dementia; just to name a few.
Because many of the clients served are low income, Orchard House receives funding from state and federal programs. Unfortunately, all of these programs have seen reductions in funding which directly affect Orchard House and the aging population served in the Greater New Haven community.
In addition to budget cuts for current members, Orchard House is also dealing with a new "crisis"; an increase in requests for dementia care for those living with younger onset dementia (younger than 65 years of age).  As it stands, most services for aging adults only address the needs of "seniors" or those over 65 years of age, therefore leaving those younger than 65 with very few financial resources to support necessary care.  Orchard House has set up a scholarship for these members and others who need a program like ours but cannot afford it due to financial hardship. 
Due to the economic landscape and the recent cuts to programs which serve our aging demographic, Orchard House recognizes the need for increased outreach to educate and engage the community. Areas of importance to highlight to members of the community speak to the value of Orchard House in the medical, social, and respite services offered to seniors and their caregivers in a financially responsible manner.  Orchard House can provide much needed nursing care, along with cultural and social enrichment, at a much lower cost than in home care or a long term care setting.  
Likewise, with the cost of other long term care options increasing,  Orchard House has filled the gap for families who need care but cannot afford expensive out of pocket costs. We understand that the need for care doesn't go away just because of someones  inability to pay.   This approach has provided much need respite to family caregivers helping to avoid caregiver burnout and other possible serious outcomes.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Stephanie Evans-Ariker
Term Start Feb 2012
Email sevans-ariker@theorchardhouse.org
The Executive Director has over 22 years of clinical and management experience, in both acute and long term care settings, which include hospitals, independent & assisted living and dementia care communities, as well as a geriatric care management company.
The Executive Director has led cross-discipline teams, coordinated complex care delivery programs; built fiscally sound organizations and developed client-centered care plans. She has successfully transitioned operations following a company acquisition and built operational controls and client and staff morale following rigorous state inspections.
While at Orchard House, the Executive Director has focused on increasing outreach and fund development opportunities, updating standards of care, and improving internal operational procedures, and advocating on behalf of people living with a dementia related disorder and their family caregivers.
To further address the issues of concern for aging adults and their family members, the Executive Director serves as a member on the Advisory Council for the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and on the  Board of Directors of the Connecticut Coalition on Aging.  Stephanie was recognized in June 2017 as a Women's Champion by the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut. Additionally, Stephanie facilitates two (2) caregiver support groups; the Guilford Caregiver Support Group and the Men As Caregivers (MAC) group which speaks to the caregiving issues of male caregivers. The MAC group is the only support group in the state that is specific to male caregivers and that is endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association of CT.
The director is also active with other affiliations with a focus on aging matters  such as the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance, the CT. Association of Adult Day Centers,  and the Greater New Haven Senior Network. 
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 22
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 75%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Mr. Thomas Romano June 1982 - Aug 2011
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2014
Champion in ActionCitizens Bank2014
CEO Comments
Orchard House is certified under the CT. Association of Adult Day Care Centers (CAADC) and has contracts with the CT. Dept. of Social Services, Agency on Aging, the USDA, and DOT and works closely with the VA to provide services to veterans.
The industry of adult day care continues to struggle when competing with other long term care options such as residential facilities or home health care. 
Since adult day services are not covered by Medicare, seniors most often choose services that require less out of pocket expense on their part, and therefore, choose staying at home alone or with an occasional visiting nurse instead to render "as needed" care.
On a state level, adult day services are reimbursed at rate of $70.22 per client/ per day, far below the cost of running such a program ($102.00 per client/per day).  Because of the disparity,  Orchard House has to bridge the gap through private donations and alternate funding sources in order to continue serving the most vulnerable aging population.
From a federal standpoint, programs that have historically supported Orchard House services (Title III, Title 19, DOT)  are continuing to be reduced as a result of economic instability but, in doing so, have made no provisions in how to meet the growing needs of the Silent and Boomer generations.
Board Chair
Mr. Albert Canosa
Company Affiliation Mosaic Printing
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
Ms. Judy Barron Community Dining Room
Mr. Edward Burke Shoret Beach Business Solutions
Ms. Joanne DePalma Financial Services
Ms. Mary Hahn Community Volunteer
Mr. Edward Lazarus Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Mary Underwood Artis Senior Living
Ms. Patti Urban Comfort Keepers
Mrs. Janet Woxland Branford Hills Health Center
Ms. Dorian Yanez Digital Marketing Strategist & Coach
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $885,000.00
Projected Expenses $900,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
Key Compensation Policy2011View
Limited English Proficeincy Plan2011View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,245,283$1,059,626$942,820
Current Assets$980,270$829,301$696,368
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$15,762$21,513$22,117
Total Net Assets$1,229,521$1,038,113$920,703
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTown of Branford $96,000Town of Branford $96,000Town of East Haven $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTown of East Haven $10,000Town of East Haven $10,000Town of Guilford $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $8,003Town of Guilford $10,000Guilford Community Fund $8,500
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 421 Shore Dr
Branford, CT 06405
Primary Phone 203 481-7110
Contact Email info@theorchardhouse.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Stephanie Evans-Ariker
Board Chair Mr. Albert Canosa
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mosaic Printing


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