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Date: Aug. 26, 2008
Contact: Gina Dapuzzo
Phone: (732) 292-1100
Adult Day Services Hurting From Economic Woes, Gasoline Prices
MANASQUAN, N.J. -- The economy, which has been in a downturn this year, is hitting adult day programs across the country.
In Adult Day Services Letter’s “Economic Effects on Adult Day Transportation and Services” survey, participants were asked how the current state of the economy has affected their programs and what they perceive the future of adult day services to be if it continues.
“It is difficult to keep our costs down due to not having control over present economy, i.e. gasoline prices,” said an adult day professional. “Especially when our funding sources have not increased our reimbursement for the past 8 years we have been operational, yet our costs continue to rise.”
With 60 percent of adult day programs surveyed offering transportation as one a service, fuel costs are a major issue. Of those who offer transportation, 30 percent said that gasoline prices have been very difficult on the organization.
Thirty percent said it has been difficult and only 5 percent remained neutral, according to survey results.
Because of rising costs, one survey participant is “encouraging where possible to have families transport their relatives to and from the program for a reduced fee.”
The adult day professionals surveyed have strong opinions on the economy’s effects on adult day services and transportation costs.
“I believe that the caregiver will leave the person at home alone versus paying the cost of ADC,” said an adult day professional. “ADCs will be asked to handle only the more difficult cases that are truly a danger to themselves if left alone. ADCs will need to provide more skilled nursing care as part of normal services.”
Adult Day Services Letter has been aiding adult day professionals since 1985. The newsletter delves into adult day programs, innovations, funding, news and many other aspects of the adult day industry.
Address: Adult Day Services Letter, Health Resources Publishing, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite 200, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.healthrespubs.com