Established in 1984, the Alliance of Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to explore, develop and disseminate innovative approaches, including best practices and person-centered standards, to enhance the quality of adult day services (ADS), both in California and nationally.
ALE partners with researchers, community organizations, and advocates to improve awareness of and access to community based adult day services as an alternative to institutional care, improving the health and well being of diverse communities of older adults with chronic conditions and people with disabilities.
COVID-19 Emergency Response: Education and Training for the Adult Day Services Sommunity (Funding provided by ta grant from the Archstone Foundation)
The global pandemic has upended lives and exposed older adults and people with disabilities to heightened risk of deadly COVID-10 infection and increased the risk of poor health outcomes from social isolation. Shelter-at-home orders in mid-March 2020 forced adult day health care and adult day programs to quickly pivot to provide critically needed remote services for more than 40,000 participants and their households.
ALE leadership sprang into action, partnering with CAADS and the state of California Department of Aging, Department of Health Care Services, and Department of Public Health to quickly design Temporary Alternative Services. By May 1, 2020 ALE had secured a nine-month grant from the Archstone Foundation to produce weekly webinars called Webtalks to support providers in making this extraordinary transition. Thirty-three (33) Webtalks were produced in 2020 and 14 have been held through July 2021.