Adult Day Achievement Act Introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee

Legislation | February 08, 2015 | by

LeadingAge praises Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) for reintroducing the Adult Day Achievement Act and for supporting the use of adult day programs to improve the care for younger people with neurological diseases or conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, or other similar diseases or conditions). 

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has reintroduced the Adult Day Center Enhancement Act (H.R.263). As of February 9, 2015, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) are co-sponsors.

If passed, the legislation:

 

  • Expand and enhance existing adult day programs for younger people with neurological diseases or conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, or other similar diseases or conditions, to support and improve access to respite services for family caregivers who are taking care of such people, and for other purposes.
  • Initiate a comprehensive survey of current adult day programs that provide care and support to individuals including young adults living with neurological diseases or conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, or any similar disease or condition.
  • Establish within the Administration for Community Living a competitive grant program for awarding grants annually to eligible entities, based on the best practices developed under subsection (a), to fund adult day programs serving younger people with neurological diseases or conditions.

 

 

LeadingAge Supports H.R. 263

 

LeadingAge supports this legislation, although it will be difficult to pass H.R. 263 in this congress because of the concern over the cost of implementing these models. 

LeadingAge has adult day members that specialize in caring for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and other nuerological diseases. These types of disease- specific Adult Day Centers have been very effective with improving care outcomes.  

Previous research on the care of individuals with MS in an adult day services program showed promising outcomes. 

Over 400,000 people are estimated to be living with multiple sclerosis, nearly 1 million people live with Parkinson’s disease, and about 1.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. 

Typically, people suffering from these neurological diseases or conditions require support from family caregivers to carry out the activities of daily living. Adult day programs can offer a range of services to assist individuals with disabilities -- including medical care, rehabilitation therapies, nutrition therapy, social interaction and transportation.