FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2015
County Approves Funds to Keep Saratoga Adult Care Center Open
SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors today approved funding to maintain a vital service center for seniors who need special care, and keep those services affordable to all. The Board voted (5-0, motion by Simitian) to spend $40,000 per year for the next three years to support the Saratoga Adult Care Center, which provides services on a sliding scale to seniors who need help with daily living, and to their caregivers.
County Supervisor Joe Simitian, in whose district the Center is located, worked with the City of Saratoga to put together a funding package that will keep the Center open and affordable for the next three years. The County funds will be supplemented by (and contingent upon) an additional $22,000 per year from the City.
“The Adult Care Center is a resource we can’t afford to lose,” said Simitian. “It helps seniors who would otherwise not be able to access this level of care, and I’m gratified we were able to work together with the City of Saratoga to keep these services affordable.”
The Saratoga Adult Care Center serves seniors with physical and cognitive limitations who live in Saratoga, Campbell, and San Jose. It provides socialization, thoughtful activities, lunch, and assistance with daily tasks, including self-care and hygiene, plus support meetings for clients’ regular caregivers, many them family members. The County and City funds will allow the Center to continue providing these services on a need-based sliding scale.
“This funding sends a message that our community values seniors, veterans, and the people who care for those unable to care for themselves,” said Marta Weinstock, Executive Director of Saratoga Adult Care Center. “We know this work matters – we see the smiles on our members’ faces every day – and we’re grateful to be able to continue supporting elders and keeping families connected.”
“As Santa Clara County’s senior population grows, services like those provided by the Saratoga Adult Care Center will become increasingly vital,” said Simitian. “Partnerships like this one can help more County residents age in place safely and securely.”