Janety Lynch, Thurman Adult Day Care Center activities director talks about the new business during a recent Emporia Rotary Club meeting.

The six-month wait for the opening of the Thurman Adult Day Care Center is nearly over.

Owner John Thurman originally planned to have the facility operating in June. Still, due to unforeseen circumstances, a delay in opening occurred. Most of the red tape is removed, and facility Activity Director Janet Lynch said she expects the center will be operating in December. The Virginia Department of Social Services licenses the center.

Thurman has deep ties in Emporia-Greensville. He was the administrative director at Greenville Memorial Hospital for 25 years. He later founded Stony Creek’s Personal Touch Home Health Care, which has been in operation for 27 years.

Thurman and his wife Barbara live part-time in Emporia. He said the center is his way to give back to a community that gave him so much. Lynch explained the purpose of the new business.

“We have a large number of elderly and disabled adult population in the area that needs a comfortable and safe place to spend their time,” she said. “They need a home away from home.”

The 1226 South Main St. facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lynch will schedule activities throughout the day. Farm to Fork will provide a hot catered lunch.

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. A noon lunch will follow another hour of activities. The activities will resume at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. snack. The day’s events 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’s new business will serve residents of Emporia-Greensville. The facility will also serve residents of Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Southampton, and Sussex Counties.

LifeStar will provide transportation for residents with Medicaid. The Greensville Emporia Department of Social Services will also assist in transit for some users of the center. Some clients of the facility will use other types of insurance to participate. Private pay will be the avenue used by some.

The wait for the opening of Thurman Adult Day Care was longer than initially anticipated. Still, next month, the business will be serving citizens of Emporia-Greensville and Southside Virginia.