Orchard House began its mission of serving aging adults in 1981 under the name East Shore Regional Adult Daycare Center. Orchard House saw a need for quality social engagement programs for people living with cognitive impairment and responded by developing a program where participants could gather to socialize, share a meal, and engage in enriching recreational activities.
Orchard House found it’s first home in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Branford located right off the Branford Green. During the early 1980’s, Orchard House was the sole day program for older adults located between New London and New Haven. While Orchard House was up and running as a day program in 1981, Orchard House formally became a non-profit day program in 1982.
Within the first year of operation, Orchard House became known for the quality care provided to its participants but was soon recognized by members of the community, legislative leaders, and medical professionals as a leader in the area of caregiver support. It was in 1983 that Orchard House started an Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers which was one of the first of its kind in the state.
In 1985, Orchard House was growing and relocated to the old Short Beach School where it still operates today. Orchard House has seen an increased need in recent years for aging adults in need of custodial care and medical oversight while in an environment that fosters independence and social-emotional enrichment. Orchard House has also seen first hand how family caregivers are impacted by the responsibilities of caregiving and has made it our mission support those family caregivers through support groups, respite care,& informational and educational programs. In 2014, Orchard House was recognized by Citizens Bank and WTNH News 8 as a “Champion in Action” for strengthening families through community support.