Thursday, February 11, 2010

Adult Day Healthcare May Snap For Some - L.A. Times Article

A Los Angeles Times article on February 11, 2010 regarding the proposed closure of adult day healthcare centers can be viewed here:

Lifeline of adult day healthcare may snap for some -

Under the most recent cost-saving budget proposals, 327 adult day healthcare centers throughout California would be eliminated. Cuts could save the state $135 million in fiscal 2011, state projections show. This is short-term. There is no analysis of the long-term cost.

Advocates and center operators said care for many of the 37,000 low- income participants -- who suffer from diabetes, brain injuries, dementia and other chronic conditions -- would cost the state even more money if the centers close. More than 40% of participants would end up in nursing homes, said Lydia Missaelides, executive director of the California Assn. for Adult Day Services. Others would be hospitalized.

Lydia Missaelides and nearly 20 others testified at a recent state Senate budget committee hearing in Sacramento against the elimination of the centers, which could occur as early as March 1.

Medi-Cal pays the vast majority of a center's care costs, which run about $76 per person per day, Missaelides said. The average age of a participant is 78, but centers serve centenarians as well as people in their 20s. All centers have nurses, dietitians, social workers and occupational, speech and physical therapists. Eliminating adult day healthcare services would affect family members as well as participants, operators said.

Should you have any questions regarding your own situation or this post, you can email adult day healthcare attorney Tracy Green at Green and Associates is located in downtown Los Angeles, California and focuses their practice on the representation of licensed professionals, individuals and businesses in civil, business, administrative and criminal proceedings.

The firm has a specialty in representing licensed health care providers including adult day health care centers. Ms. Green spoke at the California Assn. for Adult Day Services (CAADS) Fall 2009 meeting and is an associate member of CAADS.

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