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Teary Goodbyes at Robertson Adult Day Health Care Center

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 10, 2011

Patients and their caregivers laughed and cried as they left the building today. Eighty-two elderly and disabled people received basic health care and supervision here.  Many of them were wheeled out with plants from center's garden. Program Director Lyndsey Roush was there.  

ROUSH: "As they leave and get on their bus, we're making sure that they're going home with their medication, with artwork they've done over the years..."

The center relied on payments from Medi-Cal, which owner Jim MacDonald says weren't enough to keep going. And with the reimbursement for the centers cut from the Governor's budget, MacDonald said it was time to close. Roush says she's worried about what's ahead for the special needs patients.

ROUSH:"People with families are going to be attended to, but it's going to put a lot of strain on their families. A lot of our participants need 24-hour care, 24-hour supervision. I have a feeling that there's going to be a lot of participants who are going to slip through the cracks."

Center advocates say Robertson is the seventh adult day health care center in the state to announce its closure.


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