New AltaMed Cypress Adult Day Health Care Center to Provide Vital Resources for Growing Senior Population

Sunday, November 1, 2009 General News
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CYPRESS, Calif., Oct. 30 AltaMed Health Services Corporation, elected officials and community leaders came together today to celebrate the grand opening of AltaMed's newest Adult Day Health Care center (ADHC) in Cypress.

The expansion of AltaMed senior services into Orange County speaks to the growing need for community resources and benefits ADHC centers provide to the population. Between 2000 and 2009, the Latino senior population in Orange County grew by 79% while the Asian senior population grew by 60%. Both populations are expected to increase by an additional 31% and 30% respectively by 2014. A report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveals that the U.S. will require 5,415 new ADHC centers to address the demands of an aging population.

"One of AltaMed's principal beliefs is that all seniors deserve quality medical care and social services that allow them to sustain their independence and continue living in their communities with their families as long as possible," said Castulo de la Rocha, president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation. "The new Cypress ADHC will provide such services and address the cultural needs of the Latino and Asian populations, which prefer to keep loved ones at home rather than placing them in long-term care facilities."

The Cypress ADHC is designed to offer support to adults 18 years and older through health programs and services that maintain or enhance their medical, functional or mental status. Services include transportation to and from the ADHC, nursing care, nutritional meals, individual counseling, physical, occupational and speech therapy, recreational activities, emotional support for caregivers, health education classes and access to other community resources.

With a focus on promoting independence for its participants, AltaMed's professional bicultural and bilingual staff addresses the cultural needs of the seniors and works with the family unit as a whole in order to encourage a healthy and balanced family life.

"For 40 years, AltaMed has provided valuable services to some of the most underserved populations in Southern California," said Senator Tom Harman, 35th District. "I am proud to support this organization, as this expansion will help us meet the demand for resources among one of the most vulnerable populations - our seniors."

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), AltaMed's Cypress ADHC adheres to the highest levels of quality and service as determined by the federal government. Most recent data indicates there is one FQHC for every 340,952 individuals in Orange County in contrast to one FQHC for every 101,548 people in Los Angeles County.

"The City of Cypress welcomes AltaMed's ADHC and the critical services it will provide to our community," said Mayor Doug Bailey. He adds, "Families will greatly benefit from AltaMed's experience and seniors will enjoy the socialization and personal care they receive."

The Cypress Adult Day Health Care Center is located at 5175 Ball Road, Cypress, CA 90630 and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

The services offered by ADHC centers are available free of cost to individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal or private pay for non-Medi-Cal beneficiaries. For more information on AltaMed services please call (877) 462-2582.

ABOUT ALTAMED HEALTH SERVICES CORPORATION

AltaMed Health Services Corporation, a private nonprofit organization, is a major provider of health and human services and the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the State of California. AltaMed's mission is to provide high quality, coordinated, comprehensive health and human services to the underserved in Southern California, with particular attention to Latino and multi-ethnic populations. AltaMed began as the East Los Angeles Barrio Free Clinic in 1969, a volunteer-staff storefront providing basic medical services. Today AltaMed's service area extends beyond East Los Angeles to the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County.

SOURCE AltaMed Health Services Corporation


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