North Carolina Governor Perdue has proposed cuts of $1,106,000 to State Adult Day Care funding which supports aging adults and people with disabilities who need supervised care. Family caregivers and adult day services supporters are encouraged to tell their legislators and the Governor to support the aging and stop cuts to adult day services.
To put this into perspective, this year the total allocation for State Adult Day Care Fund is $3,972,732. This includes both federal and state dollars. This year the state portion is $1,817,431 and the Governor is proposing that be reduced to $711,431 next year. Obviously a cut of $1,106,000 would be very painful. This would translate into roughly a 28% overall reduction.
As part of the reduction, it is proposed that State Adult Day Care funds be limited to those between age 18 and 59. Since adults 60 and over have more resources available to them, although limited, the intent is to focus the remaining State Adult Day Care funds on those traditionally not served through HCCBG.
Cuts to adult day services will likely result in increased (and expensive) visits to the emergency room and hospitals, increased cases of abuse and neglect, increased and/or earlier placement in residential long term care settings. Help preserve funding to support aging adults, adults with disabilities and their families by contacting your legislator and the Governor today with a simple message: Stop the cuts to adult day services!