The History of ACC

ACC was founded in 1972

Leaders of the Asian American community started ACC to improve the quality of life for elders in need of convalescent care and a place to get together.

Today ACC is a non-profit corporation in Sacramento, California, led by a voluntary Board of Directors and its Chief Executive Officer.

The mission of ACC Senior Services then and now is to promote the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for our community by identifying, developing and providing culturally sensitive health and social services for older adults.

At that time, many seniors experienced social and language isolation in nursing homes, where residents and their family caregivers were most concerned about a lack of familiar foods and an inability to communicate with care staff. In response, ACC explored opportunities to provide quality care for individuals in need of placement. ACC also developed critical social services ranging from Tanoshimi Kai (two of the two dozen congregate senior nutrition sites in the county) to cultural arts classes for seniors who were alone all day.

In its first two decades, the founders of ACC successfully incubated and supported almost twenty programs and civic organizations, many of which were as attentive to needs for job training, mental health, as they were to building capacity and civic organizations in the community.

Beginnings of ACC skilled nursing

In 1983, a capital campaign was underway to build a nursing home. ACC was among the first non-profits to operate sessions county licensed bingo parlor to raise funds. Four years later, ACC opened the ACC Care Center (aka Asian Community Nursing Home), which continues to be the largest program at ACC.

Initially the 99-bed facility responded to convalescent care needs, and today its 27 short-stay (rehabilitation) beds and 72 long-stay beds respond to a range of specialized nursing care needs of elders.

ACC introduces independent and assisted living

At ACC Greenhaven Terrace (acquired in 2007), residents enjoy the very best of both worlds. They can maintain their privacy and independence while having options to socialize and make new friends right outside their door. Residents and their families also have the peace of mind that the vast array of ACC Senior Services are always there for them.

Greenhaven Terrace is an independent living community featuring 146 apartments with wonderful amenities including fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and private patios. Residents have access to the pool, fitness room, library and computer room. They participate in a wide variety of classes and programs, including yoga, aqua aerobics and tai chi. Residents organize evening bingo, bridge, mahjong, scrabble and other pastimes in the community room. Transportation, housekeeping and meal service is also available for residents who would like extra help that assures their wellbeing.

In 2014, ACC fulfilled its vision of a continuum of services for older adults with the addition of 24 units of licensed Assisted Living in the Greenhaven Terrace building. A survey of 600 seniors in 2005 revealed a need for housing options, particularly for those whose impaired health compromised their independence.

ACC’s Assisted Living provides a welcoming homelike environment that assures residents receive the individualized assistance they require. It is a senior community where residents can experience the benefit of increasing levels of care without having to move away from their neighbors and friends.

For residents who need a little more day-to-day help, ACC’s Assisted Living offers 24-hour supervision and assistance. Residents also enjoy three healthy meals, housekeeping and linen service, transportation assistance and a variety of activities.

New programs for a growing senior community

An increasing number of new and healthy retirees is constantly working with ACC staff and volunteers to redefine “active aging” through programs and educational opportunities that promote health and independence. ACC Programs are vibrant because volunteers outnumber staff who provide structure and organization to their ideas, for example:

  • Lifelong Learning and Wellness: offered are about 50 class sessions a week that promote fitness and social wellbeing. Classes are offered to all elders for a nominal fee. Most of the instructors are themselves elders who often take other classes. Recently ACC has developed a reputation for its ukulele, guitar, singing, and hula performances which are widely seen at senior nutrition sites, senior centers, and many community celebrations.
  • ACC Rides: Door-to-door transportation to medical and dental appointments, shopping, field trips, Meals on Wheels Café sites, and the ACC Campus. For many seniors, ACC Rides is a lifeline that provides a measure of independence.
  • Bridge to Healthy Families: In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, is the result of an organized network to improves access to comprehensive support services for family caregivers and care receivers. Services include a needs assessment and service referrals if needed, home safety checks and support groups.
  • Respite Care: Innovative and affordable services for those in need of care so that family members or caregivers can get some respite. Provided through Legacy Corps, an AmeriCorps program, our Friendly Visitors Program allow family caregivers an opportunity to take a much-needed break, for example. Members serve as friendly companions to seniors or family members with disabilities in the family home.

ACC ventures into Meals on Wheels

In 2010 Meals on Wheels by ACC (MoW) was established to operate the county’s senior nutrition program under contract with the Area Agency on Aging. The opportunity to serve about 2500 meals a day county-wide resulted when the County of Sacramento decided to ‘give up’ sponsorship of the program they had operated since 1972.

In 2018, MoW delivered its 4 millionth meal. MoW is a non-profit subsidiary corporation of ACC, having its own voluntary board of directors. A management agreement is renewed annually with ACC for administrative support, including human resources, fund development, and finance.

ACC gets funding for senior employment training

In 2016, ACC began operating the Senior Community Service and Employment Program (SCSEP) under contract with the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging in Seattle, Wa. SCSEP is a program funded through the Older American’s Act that provides employment to seniors with low incomes job training. Currently ACC manages about 70 positions for seniors who are placed in public and non-profit settings up to twenty hours a week.

Gaining experience is both residential and community based services, ACC continued to assess and respond to needs and wants in the community – for relevant and affordable choices among supportive social and health services, for ways to safely live as independently as possible, and options that would enhance and improve their quality of life and well-being.

More senior housing on the horizon

Two upcoming strategic projects speak to these needs and wants: (a) new construction of Maple Tree Village, a 102 memory care and Assisted Living within a mile of the ACC Care Center and ACC Campus; and (b) planning for the renovation of the ACC Care Center.

Being in service since 1987, the well-maintained building needs to respond to 2020 demands: increased privacy, more space for the array of rehabilitation modalities, and clustered dining and activity areas that enhance a sense of community. It is estimated that Maple Tree Village will be operational by the end of 2019, and ground-breaking for Care Center rennovations can begin in 2021.