Is this how we repay our moms and dads?

By November 16, 2010


Regarding Chris Daley’s article, “Vets, seniors protest deep budget cuts,” Nov. 5.

To whom it should concern:

We must save Senior Day Care, or lose our humanity. I haven’t heard anyone ask what will happen to the seniors and disabled persons that attend day care if it closes. Some families with more than one breadwinner may opt to have someone quit their job and stay home. Some may be forced to place their loved one, which could be out-of-county. Some may not qualify for financial assistance for placement and yet may not be able to afford placement on their own. These families will be very much at risk for abuse and neglect.
Families may feel forced to leave loved ones at home alone, putting them at risk, without viable and affordable care options. Even if someone isn’t concerned with the human cost, perhaps they will care about the financial cost. All of these scenarios result in decreased wages and taxes coming to the county, as well as decreased spending.

I am my elderly mother’s caregiver, with the help of Senior Day Care. I count on the
program to provide for her meals, socialization and safety while I am at work during the week. I have no other family to help, and rely on people I pay to fill the gaps in her care.
The $63 I pay per day to day care has made it possible to keep Mom at home, where
she clearly has the best quality of life. Her room and my home are filled with the
ceramics and watercolors she has created over her past 10 years at Senior Day Care. Without the support of Senior Day Care my mother faces almost certain placement on state Medi-Cal funding, because I will have no choice. There is absolutely no doubt how fast my mother will decline in that scenario, being moved out of her home of 15 years and away from her family.

Multiply my little family’s story over and over tenfold and try to measure the human
cost. Is this how we repay our parents and siblings, veterans and doughnut dollies alike, the teachers, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders of old, the Kool-aid moms of yesteryear who gave up everything for us? Are we still in America?




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