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Jan. 16 Readers' letters
From Mercury News readers
Posted: 01/15/2011 10:00:00 PM PST
Adult day care keeps costs down
Included in Gov. Jerry Brown's $3 billion in health and welfare spending cuts is a plan to end the adult day care program. Many people use the service as a way to remain in their homes, rather than moving into far more costly nursing homes.
Nursing homes cost five times as much per In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) client. The number of skilled-nursing-center beds has dwindled through the years as IHSS' success has grown at helping the elderly continue living independently.
Ted Rudow III,MA