Thursday, April 25, 2013
I am an Adult Day Care Service provider in the tri-county area. My center provides services for adults from 18 until; currently my oldest client is in her nineties. Our Lt. Governor has traveled the state and met with providers as well as current recipients of wavier services and others receiving funding from other sources, and last but not least those caregivers or citizens of the state awaiting funding on those long wavier waiting list; either the Community Supports Waiver or the Wavier program administer by the Department of Disabilities.While I truly believe that he sees the big picture and the enormous need for expanded day care services as he has stated in at least two newspaper articles.I am left to wonder if he knows where the Federal funds are going. He is not only the Lt. Governor but he is responsible for the Agencies on Aging throughout our state. He must be aware that these agencies have taken federal money since 2008. Those dollars were to be used to train the employees of this agency to offer “Options Counseling” to help aging and disabled with options when needing long term supports.
While the Lt. Governor has stated he believes that the Aging and Disabled of this state are his number one concern. The people who run the agency he is responsible for must have missed the message all together. If you are a disabled consumer or caregiver looking for help and call your Area Agency on Aging & Disability, the first question that will be asked is “are you 60 or older”. Every citizen of this state must be wise enough to know that almost all disabilities are lifelong and do not start at 60. Currently the only proof that they are even remotely associated with the disabled community is the signage on their vans that says Aging and Disability Resource Center.
As a citizen of this state and someone who is very involved in the disabled community, I find it disgraceful that we continue to have officials on the state level that allow things like this to occur. We as humans treat our disabled and elderly worse than we treat our beloved pets. If agencies or facilities giving care to these folks are allowed to continue to receive funds and not provide care what will happen?
Rosemary W. Boling
Hoot Owl Ave.