Adult Day Health Care Centers in California serve about 35,000 elderly or disabled people in the state. Recent changes in the way the centers are funded were not expected to change any of the services offered or changes to the people who were attending these centers. But some people are now being turned away, deemed not qualified to get these services.
The new program is called Community Based Adult Services, or CBAS.
Elissa Gershon is a senior attorney with Disability Rights California. She works on issues related to increasing and improving opportunities for people with disabilities to live in the community. She’s concerned that some of the people who were attending adult day health care centers, between one and five days a week, have now been denied services. The evaluators say these people who are denied services could get services through other organizations or from their own families. However, this doesn’t always work out.
What happens to the people who have lost these services? And what happens to the families who had been able to depend on having an all-day center, filled with activities and services, for their loved ones…they’re left scrambling to find new services or, in some cases, placing their family member in a nursing home.
The state has to pay for the adult day health care centers, but the state also has to pay for nursing home care. Nursing homes cost much more than adult day health care centers.
So what will happen?