Carmel Roques, Keswick’s President and CEO, Advocates for State’s Support of Adult Day Services in the Baltimore Sun

Carmel Roques, Keswick’s President and CEO, discussed the importance of Adult Day Service Programs in her Op-Ed for the Baltimore Sun “The state should support elderly adults who want to age in place.” Roques writes that “there are more than 126 medical adult day centers located throughout the state caring for nearly 5,000 clients per day. Without medical adult day services, many clients would need to be in nursing facilities at a much higher cost to the state.” However, “centers have seen significant increases in transportation, food and medical supply costs. Most notable has been the significant increases in labor and employee benefits. Over the last four years, minimum wage rates and premiums for family coverage for employer sponsored health insurance have increased, far exceeding state reimbursement levels. Unlike other businesses that can pass on costs to consumers, centers do not have this option because many clients are either on Medicaid or receive subsidies through the state grant program.”


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