Adult Day Health Care Programs Will Be Expanded With Passage of Legislation

Individuals will be able to stay home rather than in costly nursing homes
June 3, 2008

Sixteen more people will be allowed to take advantage of the Adult Day Heath Care program at Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center due to passage of legislation Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-Tompkins/Cortland) authored (A.11052). This program helps ensure more individuals will be able to receive care at home rather than in costly nursing homes.

“This legislation will open up 16 badly needed spots for people waiting for placement in the program,” Lifton said. “People are being denied the care they need and deserve because there is currently a moratorium on additional adult day health care slots. These additional slots will allow individuals to receive the services they need and still be able to reside in their homes.”

Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Adult Day Health Care program is designed to provide services for adults requiring needed medical and/or rehabilitative care during the day. The program operates Monday through Saturday 8am-4:30pm, and is especially helpful for primary caregivers who are employed outside the home. It is designed to keep individuals from having to move out of their life-long homes into long-term care facilities.

“This program is a valuable asset for the adults in our community,” Lifton said. “It is unfortunate that the only licensed Adult Day Care Program in Tompkins and Cortland Counties has to continually turn people away from the program. This legislation would allow the program to nearly double its capacity, providing critical openings for those who need help.”

The legislation will require an annual report to be produced showing savings to the state and local government, the number of people served by the program, and an evaluation of the quality of care provided to the people served by the program.

“Unfortunately, this legislation was vetoed by the previous governor,” Lifton said. “With the closure of the Seward Center recently, the need for these services in Cortland County became even more desperate. That is why I look forward to the Senate once again passing this bill and Governor Paterson recognizing the benefits this program can provide and the need in our area by signing the legislation into law immediately so those who need care the most can begin utilizing their services.”