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Friends Of Adult Day Health Care is committed to the health, independence and dignity of frail older and disabled adults by supporting Yolo Adult Day Health Center with fundraising and community awareness. 

Our History

In the early 1970s, a group of Yolo County residents began looking for a better way to care for aging adults whose changing health status interfered with independent living.  The goal was to help frail and disabled adults remain in the community, prevent deterioration of cognitive, functional and emotional health, and avoid unnecessary institutionalization.  They were enraged by the sad state of US nursing homes and became inspired by the geriatric day hospitals (an innovative model of community based health care) widely used in England.   

This group became the Friends of Adult Day Health Care (FADHC) in 1983, an official 501C non-profit organization.  Friends persuaded Yolo County officials that there was a need for this specialized program in Yolo County.  With the help of Friends, raising the matching funds, Yolo County obtained a special building fund grant. This funding was used to build the first built-to-purpose adult day health center in California.

A community partnership was developed with Yolo County owning the building and the license for the Yolo Adult Day Health Center (YADHC), along with Eskaton, a not-for-profit health care company, contracted to manage the program and  Friends of Adult Day Health Care, the primary fundraising body.  In August of 1998, Woodland Healthcare, a member of Dignity Health  replaced Eskaton as the program manager.

YADHC officially opened in 1984, serving the needs of frail and disabled adults in Yolo County.  In 1990, the Center obtained a grant from the California, Department of Aging, to operate an Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center.  This serves the specialized needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia-related conditions.

Now, over 30 years later, Friends continues to be true to our mission of raising funds and promoting community awareness to help the Center continue to improve the lives of frail older and disabled adults in Yolo County.  Today the Center operates at full capacity with a waiting list of over 60 individuals needing the service.   Plans are in full motion to address this very critical need for more space!

Our Board

Marie Graham, President

Affiliation: City of Davis Public Works

I first heard of Friends through happenstance.   The more I learned about Friends, the more I realized that this was an organization that I wanted to support in more ways than just writing a check.   So, six years ago, I joined the Board.

My journey during this time has taught me so much.  I am not in the health field profession, but I have learned how critical and essential adult day health care is to a community.  I have learned how the caring and nurturing services provided by the Center allow members of our society to age and heal with dignity and independence.   Most importantly, I’ve learned that the Center is the place where I would want my loved ones to attend and the place where I would want to attend if need be.

It has been an incredible six years.  Thank you Friends for allowing me this opportunity to support adult day health care.

Brian Garlick, Vice President

Affiliation: Retired Fire Captain

Why I serve on the Board of Friends of Adult Day Health Care:
I currently serve on the Board of Directors as Vice President for Friends of Adult Day Health Care. Several years ago I went to the Yolo Adult Day Health Center to take pictures for an upcoming Blues Harvest, a fund raising event for the Center. I had been to the Center once before to assist putting together cabinets for the main room. My capacity at that time was purely “being on the outside looking in.”

I came to the Center that day not really knowing what to expect. As I entered the foyer, a participant (Bob) was sitting by the front door painting a picture. His smile prompted me to ask permission to photograph him and that was the first picture I took. The rest of the participants were busy in many different activities: knitting, bingo, cards, exercise, and therapy. All the participants were smiling, talking and busy with their tasks. The Centers’ staff was getting lunch ready, assisting the participants in getting around, and seeing to the participants’ needs. I took as many pictures as I could to capture this experience. As I was leaving, Bob was there, still smiling and still painting.

 I left feeling they all seemed content at the Center with their friends. They were young and old, walking and in wheelchairs and in my opinion they all had one thing in common: they appeared happy and safe.

I learned that day that I no longer wanted to be on the outside looking in and decided to take an active role with Friends.  I now serve on the Board to support the Center, and its participants in order to promote their health, dignity, and independence.

Deborah Francis, Secretary

Affiliation: Kaiser Permanente

Robert Hagmann, Treasurer

Affiliation: House 2 Home Designs

Lorrie Irish, PhD

Affiliation: Retired Environmental Cognitive Psychologist

Kendra Martin

Affiliation: Woodland Health Care Foundation

Leticia O'Hara

Affiliation: Retired School Teacher

Cass Sylvia

Affiliation: Yolo Cunty Public Guardian


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