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Gov. Pete Wilson's budget will call for spending $20 million more on California's fledgling effort to help senior citizens stay out of nursing homes, officials said Friday.
The money would set up nine new senior day-care programs, 10 new resource centers for Alzheimer's patients and their families and make caseworkers available to assist seniors in 24 mostly rural counties.
Wilson's plan, which he will include in his budget proposal next week, calls for setting up the programs in areas that don't yet have them.
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Notes: for Ventura County, which would get nine of the state's 10 available programs for the first time. The plan would boost such funding to the area by $1.5 million, budget documents show.
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The extra cash would allow programs overseen by the state's Department of Aging to reach 14,000 more people than the 64,000 who already receive some help, officials said.
And they said that the plan would make California California (kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W). a leader in the effort to help seniors stay independent longer - and in the process help keep down state costs for nursing home care.
But even administration officials acknowledged that their efforts - including Wilson's new proposal - would reach only a small fraction of the state's burgeoning population of senior citizens.
Officials said California already has 4.8 million people at least 60 years old, and their numbers are growing by roughly 170,000 a year, faster than any other major state, including Florida.
``This doesn't meet the total demand. This builds the infrastructure so that we can meet the total demand,'' conceded con·cede
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2. one senior Wilson official. ``We haven't built the highways yet so that people can travel the highways to get the services.''
Instead, the state has seen a patchwork of pilot programs sprout up over the years to help seniors care for themselves rather than moving to nursing homes.
Run by 33 area agencies on aging, the programs include a wide range of services, from senior day-care facilities to ``brown bag'' programs, where volunteers deliver surplus food to low-income seniors.
The brown bag program accounts for more than two-thirds of those served. The rest reach relatively small numbers of people and demand for assistance often far exceeds the supply.
``They are filled to capacity,'' one official said. ``A lot of these programs have waiting lists.''