The 1st Annual Bedford Block Party is happening Saturday, September 15th from 3-5 PM.
The Bedford Center is an important and unique part of Antioch and East County serving frail and disabled adults and elders, some in a dedicated program for those with mid to late stage Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Adult day health services are available in a group setting 5 days a week, allowing superhero caregivers to go to work or take a break with the confidence their loved one is in a stimulating, caring and safe environment. The goal is to allow participants to remain living as independently as possible, while preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and premature placement into nursing homes. To that end, wrap around services of the program include nursing, social work, physical, speech and occupational therapies, which bring a sense of community to isolated adults and seniors, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to socialize. For many years our funding from Medi-Cal reimbursement has been flat, although our costs to keep our doors open continue to climb. It cost $110/day to provide our services for a single participant, but we are only reimbursed $90. Without grants, donors and monies from fundraisers we would not be able to provide the services our clients deserve and need.
The Bedford Center strives to give purpose to adults while providing respite for their caregivers. The Center, named for Ray Bedford, a long time supporter and board member, began as The East County Senior Day Care Center, a one day per week program at Concordia Lutheran Church founded by Pastor Roger Kuehn in 1980 to serve frail and isolated elders and to give their caregivers a break. The center moved to its current location in 1984 at 1811 C Street in Antioch. The program expanded to 5 days per week to meet the demand for respite care. East County Day Care Center merged with Choice in Aging in 1995. The merger created the only adult day center in East County providing social work, nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapies, transportation, as well as providing a nutritious lunch and snacks.