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Adult Day Care program helps elderly despite cuts

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DESPITE the great value of the elderly, the Adult Day Care program faces challenges in caring for the island’s man'åmko'.

“I’m worried about sequestration because we don’t know how it will effect our program,” said Maria Timoteo, program manager of the Adult Day Care Program. For the past two years, the program has seen cuts and the program struggles to meet basic needs for housekeeping supplies such as toilet paper.

Catholic Social Service Adult Day Care in Barrigada recently celebrated its annual Frail and Elderly Mass in recognition of Senior Citizens Month.

Timoteo said the theme for the month – “Unleash the Power of Age” – refers to the fact that despite their age, the elderly are still going strong.

Timoteo said the need for the service is growing. Two years ago, the cap for the program was expanded to meet the demand.

The Adult Day Care Program, which is under the Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of Senior Citizens, cares for 48 elderly, of which 20 are wheelchair bound. In addition, two more are on a waiting list.

She said the program is lucky to have donations from individuals.

In addition, there are only 11 staff members and nurse aides to look after the clients and one part-time nurse that looks after the clients for two hours a day.

All staff hours have been cut to 32 hours.

She said in the nine years she had been with the program, the past two years have been the most challenging, budget-wise.

Despite the difficulties, Timoteo said she loves her job. “Serving the man'åmko' is like serving my own family,” she said, adding her own elderly relatives do not live on Guam.

Other events for Senior Citizens Month include the Centenarian Recognition Celebration at the St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 8; legislative reception at the Hyatt Regency from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 16, and Conference on Aging and disease prevention and health promotion fair at the Guam Marriott on May 21 and 22.

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