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Sequestration Cuts Cut Into Area Senior Services

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The federal sequestration cuts are hitting home, cutting into senior services in Washoe County. In fact, as of June 30th, Washoe County's Geriatric Nurse and Visiting Nurse program will come to an end. Officials say it is due to the sequestration cuts and to the state's changing priorities for services.

Barbara Dauria is a visiting nurse with the county. "These are folks who don't have relatives, neighbors or friends who can assist them with daily care."

They estimate 200 seniors who attend weekly blood pressure clinics and one-on-one medication screening at three sites in Washoe County will also be cut. And they say 15 high-risk home-bound clients who are helped with the home visits will be redirected to nursing home care.

"There is no one to transition them to," says Dauria.

Reporter Erin Breen asks, "So what will happen to them?"

"They'll likely get sick and wind up in long-term care and some will pass away because of it."

The senior center in Washoe County serves 6,000 clients a year. But federal sequestration cuts, plus, dwindling county revenues add up to cuts somewhere.

"Senior Services depend on property taxes and we all know how that's going, so it's really death by a thousand cuts."

Grady Tarbutton who is the head of the Count Department for Social Services say there are no other options. "Frequently they have demensia or mental health conditions that effect how they deal with things and they really need the nurse to help them walk through it."

Written by Erin Breen  

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