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Patients Protest for Adult Day Care

Over 20,000 in the county rely on the centers for health services.

Courtesy of Vicki Chen
Courtesy of Vicki Chen
Hundreds of people protested in Downtown Los Angeles against the state's decision to close all adult daycare centers by the end of the month.

Patients and caregivers spoke out Monday against cutting adult day health centers. Medical benefit caregivers are concerned that many patients will face greater health risks if they are forced to move to nursing homes and hospitals. Many have histories of heart attacks, dementia and various health problems and will not have access to proper healthcare providers if these centers.

In L.A. County, 22,000 sick and disabled senior citizens depend on the centers for health and community sercives. Medical beneficiaries and health care providers have filed a disability rights lawsuit in an effort to reverse the state's decision. A court date is scheduled for Nov. 8.

"This is the best place where I can stay," said 93-year-old Celia Vagothien. "When I come to the center, this is my home and they help me live. [The service] gives me medicine, everything to be loved and to be alive...If they close, I will be in the hospital and it will [cost more] money."

As patients stand outside these services, many showcase the solemn faces of those affected by adult health care repeals.
 
Abram Vofson, a resident of Adult Healthcare since it opened in 2002, says the service has prolonged his life. A WWII veteran for Belarus, Vofson has lived in the U.S. over 30 years after he retired from military service. Being handicapped, adult health day services provides Vofson would otherwise not have.

COMMENTS

We at Whitten Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care would like to extend our hand to those in need of placement when the ADHC Facilities Close. We offer everything from assistance to meals, activities, daily outings and assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, incontinent care. We also have "Respite Care" so if the child needs to bring Mom/Dad/Grandmother they can simply drop them off for a small fee. All the care and supervision is included in the Respite Fee. We do charge a prorated amount for the care which is not much. Please feel free to call me at 562 691-1200 or cell 562 652 9252. God Bless
Rosalie Sandoval
Executive Director/Whitten Heights Assisted Living & memory Care
www.whittenheights.com

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