Pinole Adult Day Care Program Closing Dec. 28

The center, which has been losing money for years, will be forced to close.

A Pinole Adult Day Care Program will close its doors at the end of the year due to financial difficulties, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The program at Pinole Senior Village is one of three adult day care programs in west Contra Costa. It currently serves 21 people from as far away as Walnut Creek and Richmond, with about 14 attending on a daily basis.

"Pinole Senior Village, which is managed by Westmont Corporatopn and owned by the City of Pinole, has announced it is closing the day care activity center for memory loss and Alzheimer patients on Dec. 28th," according to Deborah Whitecotton, the facility's executive director.

The decision comes after a vote by the Pinole City Council.

The center will remain open for assisted living and for people needing advanced memory care, but "there are other day care programs in the community," according to Whitecotton.

Non-senior village members pay about $60 a day, including lunch. The rate drops to $25 for members. That compares to about $160 a day for an in house care giver. 

Marcia Kalapus December 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
This is so heart breaking to hear. This Adult Day Care program has been a blessing to so many senior adults who are taking care of their family members 24/7 who have disabilities whereby they cannot be left at home alone because of safety. These wonderful elderly persons do this because they have no close family or cannot afford permanent care at a nursing home. They take their family member to day care because it is the only respite "time off" they have. Getting their hair done, a manicure or a pedicure, shopping for groceries, or just going to lunch with a friend, or hanging out with the boys. I have witnessed this with my elder friends , whose spouse is now blind and they are both in their early eighties. The care giver is in very poor health and can barely care for both of them. They are both upset and will be chained to this situation more now without any respite. But I guess this is now a new trend for all of us to have to consider when we too will grow old.
JJH December 11, 2012 at 06:24 AM
This is truly a shame. I wonder what efforts were made to promote this service. What more are we going to take away from our seniors?
Susan D.Keeffe December 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How sad. I wish the families involved all the best and hope they find viable alternatives.
sylvia falcon December 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
A vote by the Pinole City Council to close the Pinole Senior Village Adult Day care center reflects a sad trend in our society. The exact reason for closing is not clear in your article. This is a sad reflection on respect for human dignity, particularly in regard to homebound seniors and their dedicated caregivers.


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