Annandale Center Budgeted to Close – Others Next???
March 15, 2015
Dear Caregivers, Participants and Concerned Community Members,
Shauna Severo, the Assistant Director of Patient Care Services, Fairfax County Health Department, who oversees the Adult Day Health Care Centers, has recommended to the County that the Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center be closed to help close the budget gap. That means the county will have closed two of its Centers over the past few years, leaving only four.
The Associates, the volunteer board representing the program and its participants and caregivers, do not believe that this is the right thing to do. We are mounting an urgent, immediate campaign to save Annandale and potentially save all the Centers.
We are hoping that everyone who agrees will write to or call the Supervisors, as well as Pat Harrison and Shauna Severo, and show up to speak and/or support others at the community budget hearings as well as at the County hearings.
There is great power in numbers, and there is even greater power in personal appeals. Let the supervisors know how this will affect you, your loved ones, your neighbors and the quality of life for everyone in the County. Ask your friends, relatives, neighbors to join the campaign – use social media, personal contacts – any way possible to ensure the Supervisors and Pat and Shauna understand how important this is!
Please click below to access the following important documents:
· A draft version of a letter to send to ALL of the Supervisors. Feel free to use this version; it would be best if you could personalize it with your own stories/reasons for wanting ALL the Centers to stay open.
· An alternative version of the letter with some different information. This is the letter the Associates sent to the Supervisors.
· Contact information for all the Supervisors as well as for Shauna and Pat. Please write, call, and go in to talk to them.
· A list of all the budget hearings – those held by the Chairman, the individual Supervisors and the County hearings – the county hearings in April are the ones where you can testify if you wish.
· A membership and donation form. Please join if you haven’t already, and donate generously to the Associates. We are pledging $10,000 to the County to help in marketing IF they keep the Annandale Center open. We need everyone’s support to meet this pledge. If we do not succeed, the monies will be used to support the remaining Centers by providing funds for special recreational programs, music therapy, field trips, etc.
Thank you so much for everything you do! Let’s hope together we can SAVE The CENTERS!
To help fund entertainment activities, caregiver volunteers, and recognition of valued staff at the Fairfax County adult day care centers, please consider making an online tax-deductible donation to the Associates through your preferred option below:
Here you will be able to find information about the Fairfax County Adult Day Health Care Associates organization, contact information for the six Fairfax County Adult Day Health Care Centers, advocacy information as well as links, relevant news and other information vital to participants, caregivers, community members and others interested in and caring about the older adults in our community. Just click on the tabs or links to get the information you need.
Who are the Associates?
The Fairfax County Adult Day Health Care Associates, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization established over 20 years ago to provide support and advocacy on behalf of families participating in Fairfax County Adult Day Health care. We are an all-volunteer organization made up of Adult Day Health Care participants, caregivers, community members, family members, former caregivers and others concerned with the issues of eldercare here in Fairfax County.
What do the Associates do?
With the financial support of caregiver families, other members, and grants, the Associates provide:
- Direct cash payments to Fairfax County to help sustain the ADHC program;
- Equipment (i.e., exercise equipment and white boards) to the Centers as needed;
- Support for outside programming (musical/art/movement therapists) at the Centers;
- Appreciation for Center staff through recognition luncheons and other means and
- Advocacy on behalf of the ADHC Centers and caregivers in Fairfax County.