Bill Will Help Keep Individuals at Home Rather Than in Nursing Homes

Lifton legislation will expand Adult Day Health Care Program
June 20, 2007

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-Tompkins/Cortland) announced 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.8784). This bill is consistent with the State’s goal of keeping individuals at home rather than in costly nursing homes.

“Because there is currently a moratorium on additional adult day health care slots, many individuals are being denied the care they need and deserve,” Lifton said. “My legislation will open up 16 more spots to accommodate individuals awaiting placement into the program, so they can 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 the only licensed Adult Day Care Program in Tompkins and Cortland Counties,” Lifton explained. “It is a shame that they have had to turn people away from a program that’s so valuable to the adults of our community.”

The legislation will require an annual report 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. This legislation has also passed the Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature.

“This legislation was something I worked very hard for last year – it passed the Assembly and the Senate but was, unfortunately, vetoed by the previous governor,” Lifton said. “I look forward to Governor Spitzer signing this legislation into law immediately so we may begin to offer services to those who need it most.”