Adult day care for Alzheimer’s patients set to close in Modesto

Caregiver Ernestine Espino talks to client Danny Lacky on Friday afternoon in the adult day care program at ResCare in Modesto.
Caregiver Ernestine Espino talks to client Danny Lacky on Friday afternoon in the adult day care program at ResCare in Modesto. jlee@modbee.com

ResCare HomeCare announced this week that it will close an adult day care center in Modesto that provides a respite for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The ResCare Adult Day Program, at Tully Road and Woodrow Avenue, will close at month’s end, unless supporters are able to work a deal to continue service under a new owner.

Administrator Russell Milnes said he hopes to work with a possible investor to acquire the service and operate under a temporary state license. He would run the service after parting ways with ResCare.

To relieve the stress for family caregivers, the ResCare center has provided activities for adults with age-related memory disorders. ResCare, a private home health company based in Louisville, Ky., cited economic challenges in notifying affected families of the closure.

Other services provided by ResCare’s Modesto branch, such as personal care and in-home health care, will continue, a representative said.

ResCare leased the Tully Road building to begin the Adult Day Program in April 2015. About 30 clients take part in a full range of activities, including crafts, entertainment, memory programs and exercise, but most of them use the center only one or two days a week. The equivalent of 15 full-time participants is needed to make it profitable.

Caregivers are charged fees for the service: $55 for four hours or $70 for a full day. ResCare only offered home care as an alternative in the Nov. 30 letters notifying clients.

“They wanted more numbers to be profitable,” said Denny Jackman, a former Modesto councilman who takes his wife, Patricia, to the center once a week.

Jackman said he is disappointed the company did not tell them months ago that more participants were needed. A support group could have brought in more people and raised contributions to help families with financial hardships pay for the service, he said.

Milnes said it’s the only licensed adult day care in Stanislaus County, with the next closest facilities in Atwater and Merced. According to state regulations, the respite care service is different than adult day health care.

“We are hoping to keep it open,” Milnes said, “but it’s predicated on two major factors. One is getting a provisional license from the state and the other is finding someone willing to make a small investment.”

Applying to the state Department of Social Services for a permanent license will take six to 12 months, Milnes said. The administrator said the center could also serve adults with physical disabilities.

After receiving the notice from ResCare on Thursday, Jackman posted a comment asking Facebook friends for ideas on saving the service.

The ResCare Adult Day Program can be reached at 209-523-0010.