Lifton Bill Would Expand Adult Day Health Care Program, Keep More People in their Homes

Legislation passes Assembly, now Senate must act
June 21, 2006

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-Tompkins/Cortland) announced Assembly passage of legislation she authored allowing 16 more people to take advantage of the Adult Day Health Care program at Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (A.11514).

“There is a moratorium on the number of people who can be served by this program, and Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has had to turn people away,” Lifton said. “My legislation will open up 16 more spots, and help keep people who need health care services during the day from being displaced from their homes. The bill now needs to be approved by the Senate and governor, and I strongly urge that they do that to help provide valuable services to those who need it most.”

Adult Day Health Care is designed to provide services for adults requiring medical or rehabilitative care during the day. It operates Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., making the program especially helpful to primary caregivers who are employed outside the home. It is designed to keep people from having to move out of their life-long homes into long-term care facilities.

“Having to move out of a home you’ve lived in for decades can be a traumatic event,” Lifton said. “Programs like Adult Day Health Care keep people in their homes, while providing essential health services during the day. It’s the only licensed program in Cortland and Tompkins counties, so providing the opportunity to more people will be extremely helpful.”