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Adult Day Health Care Center Patients Deal With Closures (VIDEO)

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One week after it closed, the main room at Robertson Adult Day Health Care Center was dark, filled with garbage bags and cardboard boxes.   

(AMB…dialing numbers)

The only sound was the social worker making phone calls.

MICHELLE REYES: "You know what, I don't know what the future is, at this point we're closed."

Michelle Reyes is finding new services for the elderly and disabled who lost their health care and supervision here.  She's already uncovered stories of depression0621 Robertson 4 and hospitalization.

MICHELLE REYES: "You have families that are just in crisis mode, you need to find a place for their loved ones, you have family members who are having to take time off from work."

Reyes is trying to place them in other centers and elder facilities.

People like forty-six year-old Dwight Wilson. He suffered major head trauma in a motorcycle accident and had been going to Robertson since 1993. Since the closure, he's spent a lot of time in front of the TV with his mom.

0621 Robertson1PEARL DILLON: "He needs a lot of assistance. I prepares all the meals, and then with the bath."

His mom Pearl Dillon says the center was good for him - the physical therapy kept him mobile and alert. Now she needs to be with her son 24-7.

PEARL DILLON: "If Dwight don't go out, that makes me be more confined."

Despite his limited ability, Dwight Wilson cracks jokes and holds a smile.  But his mom says news of the closure is still sinking in.

0621 Robertson 3PEARL DILLON: "Yeah they closed it down, Dwight, you know they closed it. We go over that every day now."  DWIGHT WILSON: (partially intelligible) "Where we gonna go?"  PEARL DILLON: "I don't know. We don't know where we're going."

While Robertson finds other services for people like Wilson, other centers statewide watch the Capitol for news about their uncertain future.


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