Important news about the Rate Structure of the Adult Day Services (ADS) program. Helping Hands Respite Care’s (HHRC) fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30. About two months ago HHRC’s board requested an examination of the viability of raising our rates at the Adult Day Services (ADS) program.
It has been three years since the last time we examined our rates. It was discovered that for the level of care and the services we provide to our members and their families, the program was a “little” underpriced. However, an across the board price increase seemed unfair. Instead, a new rate program based upon the level of care each member needs while in attendance was proposed.
The Board agreed on this pricing strategy, and we have been working towards creating an assessment form that helps us determine the different levels of care to put in place. By the time you read this the final touches will be made on this assessment tool, and will be put it into practice as of October 1st of this year.
This assessment tool will be sent home with each participant over the next week or so, and we can share with you that the new rates will be as follows: Level one care (which is MOST of our participants) will remain at $13 dollars an hour. Level two will be at $15, level three $17, and level four will be $20 per hour.
The good news is that for anyone who is already in our system your rate will not go up more than one level as of October 1st. We realize money is tight for almost everyone, so even if we assess your loved one as a level four, because they have been a member in good standing at our Adult Day Services program, their cost will only go to $15 dollars an hour. We hope you appreciate our desire to keep our services affordable. Your trust in allowing us to care for your loved one is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement this new rate process.