Adult day health care programs still closed with no end in sight

Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 04, 2021 04:54 PM
Created: March 04, 2021 04:51 PM

As nursing homes allow visitation and so much of the state is reopening, a small group of people are still being prevented from getting the care they need. They are the 8,000 New Yorkers who rely on adult day health care programs.

NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn has been reporting on their frustration over the lack of a reopening plan.

That includes Daryl Hayes, who is stuck at home and wondering why the state has forgotten him.

It's been a year since Hayes has been to the adult day health care program he relied on. A motorcycle accident and then a stroke left him severely disabled. His left side, barely functional.

At the day health program, he got physical therapy. They also administered the eye drops he needs daily, which now he only gets weekly when a nurse comes by. Physical therapy isn't happening, and despite visits from the nurse and aids, he's alone physically and emotionally.

He doesn't understand why other facilities like nursing homes can have visitors, but he can't access the health program he sorely needs.

If he could talk with the governor, his message is ready. However, sitting in his Albany apartment with no indication when he can return feels like no one is listening.

Hear his message for Gov. Cuomo by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.

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