Where you can find adult day-care services

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

As state and local governments have been facing budget shortfalls, social service programs, including some for seniors, have been cut.

Chris Morris, president of the Maryland Association of Adult Day Services, says Maryland cut Medicaid reimbursements for adult day-care clients by 2 percent at the beginning of October. More than 100 of the state's adult day-care centers receive funding through Medicaid, the joint federal-state program for low-income people, he said.

"With us, every penny counts," said Fran Blacker, co-owner of the Golden Age Adult Day Care in Bowie, who has struggled to keep the center financially afloat since it opened almost three years ago. "We need more funding."

In addition, the number of people able to pay privately for such services has also dropped amid the economic recession. Several senior-care providers said fewer people are using services and more are staying at home. "You could argue that if someone stays home longer and doesn't take advantage of adult day or less restrictive environments, that they might become more debilitated and end up costing the state more," Morris said.

Families looking for adult day-care options might want to start with their local agency on aging:

-- In the District: Office on Aging, 202-724-5622 or http://dcoa.dc.gov.

-- In Alexandria: Alexandria Adult Day Services Center, 703-746-5676 or http://alexandriava.gov/HumanServices (click on "Family Services"). Alexandria Office of Aging and Adult Services, 703-746-5999 or http://alexandriava.gov/Aging.

-- In Arlington County: Madison Adult Day Health Care Center, 703-228-5340 or www.arlingtonva.us (type "madison" in the search box). Arlington Agency on Aging, 703-228-1700 or http://www.arlingtonva.us/aging.

-- In Fairfax County: Adult Day Health Care, 703-750-3316 or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/adhc. Area Agency on Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resources, 703-324-7948 or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa.

-- In Loudoun County: Area Agency on Aging, 703-777-0257 or http://www.loudoun.gov/aaa. Click on "Adult Day/Respite Centers" for facilities in Leesburg, 703-771-5334, and Purcellville, 571-258-3402.

-- In Prince William County: Prince William Area Agency on Aging, 703-792-6374 or www.pwcgov.org (search for "agency on aging").

-- In Anne Arundel County: Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4257, 410-222-4464 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

-- In Howard County: Office on Aging , 410-313-5980 or http://www.co.ho.md.us/OA/CS_OfficeAging.htm.

-- In Montgomery County: Department of Health and Human Services Senior Services Information, 240-777-3000 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov (click on "seniors").

-- In Prince George's County: Administration on Aging, 301-265-8450 or http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/dfs/aging.asp.

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