Special Report: Adult Health Center cuts devastate elderly, disabled in ethnic communities

ready for lunch at Alhambra's centerParticipants in Alhambra's sole remaining Adult Day Health Center are terrified that it may be forced to shut its doors soon. But they're not the only ones.

The state’s elimination of the Medi-Cal Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) benefit – slated for Dec. 1 – could endanger some of California’s frailest individuals, people who suffer from multiple disabilities including dementia, incontinence, paralysis and traumatic brain injury. As hundreds of centers are forced to close, advocates say, many will be left home alone and at high risk of landing in emergency rooms and nursing homes. Los Angeles County – especially its many ethnic  communities – will be hit hardest by the closures. According to state data, the county is home to more than 60 percent of the program’s 38,000 enrollees statewide.

The CHFC Center for Health Reporting partnered with New American Media (NAM) and LA Beez, a collaborative of Los Angeles ethnic media outlets, to produce a multi-media news package chronicling the effects of the pending elimination of the state-funded Adult Day Health Care program (ADHC). The LA Beez partners include Alhambra Source, Asian Journal, CaribPress, Eastern Group Publications, Impulso, India Journal, Latino California, and Media Central.

The complete package is published on the Center website. A selection of images from the stories, showcasing centers throughout Southern California, is below. 

Resources for Elderly or Disabled Adults in Alhambra

Case Management Project: The City of Alhambra Case Management Project provides free assistance to Alhambra seniors 60 and older and functionally impaired adults 18 and older in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Case Management caseworkers can assist in providing contacts concerning Medicare, Medi-Cal and Social Security. They also serve as advocates for medical and mental health referrals, in-home service referrals, transportation, nutritional referrals, counseling, and much, much more. For more information, call(626) 570-3220 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County of Los Angeles Info Line, dial 2-1-1

LA County Community and Senior Services Programs — Area Agency on Aging

Programs include: Alzheimer's day care, dispute resolution, family caregiver support, health insurance counseling and advocacy, home-delivered meals, integrated care (ICM), legal assistance, long-term care ombudsman, senior centers, case management, and Title V-Senior employment.

For services, call (800) 510-2020 or visit http://css.lacounty.gov/

Los Angeles Foundation on Aging (LAFA)

http://givelafa.org/

Programs include: Meals on Wheels; Project CARE (Caring Actions Responding to Elders), which provides items such as food, clothing, personal hygiene products, books, and craft materials to low-income seniors throughout Los Angeles; Elderly Tenant Hoarding Program to “clean-up” and help with on-going mental health care and support; consumer education on financially literacy.

For information call (213) 252-4081.

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