Tuesday letters: Elderly, disabled not treated well

May 21, 2013 

I am an adult-day-care service provider. Our clients are adults age 18 and older; my oldest client is in her 90s.

While I believe that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell sees the big picture and the enormous need for expanded day-care services, I wonder if he knows where the federal funds are going. He is responsible for the Agencies on Aging, which have taken federal money since 2008. The money was to be used to train the employees to offer “options counseling” to help the aging and disabled understand their options for long-term support.

The lieutenant governor says the aging and disabled are his No. 1 concern, but the people who run the agency he is responsible for must have missed the message. If when I call my Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, I am asked, “Are you 60 or older?” But almost all disabilities are lifelong and do not start at 60. The only proof that these agencies are even remotely associated with the disabled community is the signage on their vans.

We 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


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