What does "Clelian" mean?

The word "Clelian" is derived from the name "Clelia" belonging to the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Clelia Merloni. She was born in Forli, Italy in 1861 and founded the congregation in 1894 in Viareggio. To find out more about Clelia's life, please see the section on "Our Foundress" on the Apostles' website.


About the Clelian Center

Clelian Adult Day Center was established in September of 1988 in response to local community needs for geriatric and respite care of its senior members. While it is under religious auspices, the Center is non-sectarian as well as non-discriminatory. It is designed to serve the frail elderly and impaired adults in a social and health care environment. Recreation timeIt is structured to provide programs of therapeutic and rehabilitative value according to individual requirement. The Center provides health-related community living support services as an alternative to 24-hour home care or premature institutionalization. A full range of services are available based on the total needs of each client. Staff, participants’ families, and community agencies function as a team in order to ensure that the program is effective.

The Center's program is designed to meet participants' needs, whether physical, emotional, or social. Our emphasis is on the inherent dignity and worth of each participant. Our goals are to improve the quality of life for our participants, to promote their maximum level of functioning and independence.


Bingo timeClelian Adult Day Center began with an inital enrollment of eight seniors and presently serves over 90 weekly participants. Clelian Adult Day Center is certified by the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Centers as a medical/social facility. The medical well being of each participant at the Center is an essential aspect of our program. Participants are brought to us by Greater New Haven Transit, or by their caregivers.

Our daily schedule starts with breakfast, followed by our morning activities, with a hot heart healthy meal served at noon. After lunch, participants

have a choice of a short rest period or they may participate in an organized activity. After this, a snack is served followed by a short activity prior to departure from the Center.

An elder was once defined as, "A person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it promises for and connection to the future. An elder is still in pursuit of happiness, joy, and pleasure and his or her birthright to these remain intact."

Here at the Clelian Adult Day Center we hold this to be true, and through our multi-faceted program, we hope to offer to those who participate a quality to their life and a peace and joy to their day.


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