Modesto adult day care center hopes to reopen

kvaline@modbee.comApril 20, 2013 

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— The DMC Foundation — which offered the only day care program for disabled and medically fragile adults in the Northern San Joaquin Valley — has closed, citing state funding problems, but officials hope to reopen the Modesto nonprofit.

The foundation provided a host of programs, such as childbirth, safety and diabetes education, but its signature programs were Miller's Place, which provided adult day health care for about 75 people, and its Alzheimer's day care program, which served as many as 20 people.

The foundation, which had operated out of a complex of buildings on the 700 block of McHenry Avenue, closed April 12.

"We closed the doors to stop the bleeding right now," DMC Foundation board member Nick Blom said. "We didn't want to end up being in the red so much. What happened is our state funding. A lot of that is drying up."

DMC Foundation acting Executive Director Victor Montes said the nonprofit ended 2012 with a $150,000 deficit. He said Miller's Place and the Alzheimer's day care program are the foundation's most expensive programs, and government funding for them has become precarious in recent years.

Montes said DMC Foundation's financial situation grew worse recently because the state changed how it reimburses it for services. That has resulted in reimbursements coming in more slowly, causing cash flow problems.

But Montes said he has meetings lined up this week with organizations that could provide the financial help the DMC Foundation needs to reopen. He declined to provide specifics until after the meetings. But he said he expects he will know within the week whether the foundation can reopen.

The DMC Foundation laid off 49 full- and part-time employees when it closed.

The closure has been a burden for the families that depended upon Miller's Place and the Alzheimer's program. Miller's Place had operated since 1999.

Miller's Place let frail and infirm seniors live with family or in board-and-care homes while they received many of the services they needed during the day.

It allowed family members to continue to work, knowing their elderly parents were safe. It also provided family members with a break from caring for loved ones.

Advocates say adult day health care is a cost-effective alternative to placing the disabled and infirm in much more expensive skilled nursing homes and other institutions.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or (209) 578-2316.

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