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The Thurman Adult Day Care Building is expected to be operational in June, if not earlier.

Emporia has no shortage of options when it comes to senior adult home care and similar services, but 27-year healthcare business veteran John Thurman is bringing another option to the mix — an adult day care service for senior and disabled citizens of Virginia to community.

“The main reason is my first wife’s mother stayed with us about two years and just sat on the porch,” Thurman said. “Thurman Adult Day Care will be a place where people can go to socialize with others, have activities and hot meals. This isn’t a big money-making enterprise. It’s something my wife Barbara and I can do for the community.”

The 1226 S. Main St. facility will provide care for seniors of Emporia, Greensville, Brunswick, Sussex, Southampton and Dinwiddie counties. The Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. LifeStar will provide transportation for medicaid recipients. Private participants will have to provide their own transportation.

Not only will participants have the opportunity to socialize with others throughout the day, there will be a catered hot meal provided, as well as a snack before and after lunch. The Center is licensed through the Virginia Department of Social Services.

On a typical day participants will arrive at 9 a.m. and go through an hour and a half of daily activities before breaking for a half hour snack time. Another hour of activities will be followed by a noon lunch. The activities will resume at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. snack. The day’s activities will end at 3 p.m.

The employees of the facility are required to meet a background screening, CPR and first aid training, TB screening, employee reference checks, skill assessment training and a drug test. They will also be bonded and insured. Volunteers will also play a role in the day to day operations of the Thurman Adult Day Care Center.

“The Center will provide warm, compassionate and professional care for seniors when they need it most,” Thurman said. “We’re local experts in senior care, providing a place for seniors to command socialize with other seniors.”

Thurman is a former administrator at Greensville Memorial Hospital, now known as Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center. He founded Personal Touch Home Care Services in 1992. and the business now serves clients in seven Virginia counties with offices in Petersburg, Franklin, Waverly and Stony Creek.

Thurman anticipates the Thurman Adult Day Care Center will open sometime in June.