Since, in policy practice for social workers, a huge need in the Panhandle Branch of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is transportation for the elderly and...

Since, in policy practice for social workers, a huge need in the Panhandle Branch of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is transportation for the elderly and care for elderly people who are not in nursing homes, what factors in the state of Texas suggest that policy makers might support a reversal of the budget cuts that impacted adult day care centers?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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One reason why policy makers in a state like Texas might support reversing harsh budget cuts in public school, higher education, and health services including senior-eligible services, like adult day care, implemented in 2012 is because such cuts actually prove to be even more economically impairing. When states implement such cuts, they also "lay off employees, cancel contracts with vendors, reduce payments to businesses and nonprofits that provide services, and cut benefit payments to individuals" ("State Budget Cuts in the New Fiscal Year"). In order to strengthen the economy, more services creating more jobs need to be provided, not fewer.

Other reasons why Texas policy makers may become willing to reverse budget cuts specifically on adult care services are the need for the services and the types of help the services provide. Since many of the Post-World War II baby boom generation have reached senior citizen age, plus many continue to reach that age, the need for adult care services has increased and will continue to increase. It's estimated that nearly 360,000 adults in Texas already do and need to participate in adult day care services, which is a 63% increase in numbers over the past 12 years ("Adult Day Services"). Adult day care services provide health, social, and similarly related services to adults with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, chronic illnesses, brain injuries, and other disabilities or problems. Not only do these services provide care for impaired adults, they also help the adults develop care plans. Furthermore, since adult day care services particularly provide out-of-home services on a basis of less than 24 hours, the services provide care givers with a much needed break. Therefore, two other reasons why policy makers may change their minds about funding adult day care services is that there is an evident and growing need for the services plus the services are very beneficial and necessary for both adults and care givers.

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