MountainCare Adult Day in Transylvania County has existed for more than 26 years; first as KOALA, then as part of CarePartners, and now as part of MountainCare. MountainCare provides a safe and enjoyable environment for those who require specialized support during the day but wish to remain living at home. MountainCare’s programing reduces the burden for caregivers, often older adults themselves, who need to balance caring for their loved ones with their own needs and responsibilities. Of MountainCare’s programs, Transylvania has the highest rate of participants from low-income households, with 4 out of 5 participants receiving financial support. MountainCare accepts reduced reimbursement rates from several state funding sources so that cost is not a barrier – making Transylvania Adult Day the program with the greatest need, but the lowest revenue.
Unfortunately, the Transylvania program is experiencing significant financial hardship. With grant support in 2021 from Lake Toxaway Charities, MountainCare will continue to provide this vital service while building sustainability and recovering from COVID-19.