Adult Day Care
With the senior population living longer, there is a need for adult daycare. As we age, we need to have help with things we used to just take for granted and do, or, we may become isolated because we can’t go out like we used to. Adult daycare centers can help. They are centers that are geared toward the unique needs of the aging adult.
Older adults who can no longer be as independent as they once were, or, are being cared for by other family members can benefit greatly from adult daycare. By going to adult daycare, the elderly person can socialize with peers and the caregiver can get a break. It really helps the mental and physical well being of both the elder family member and the family caregiver. Most adult daycare centers are open Monday through Friday during the daytime. Some adult daycare places are also open on Saturdays. The adult daycare center can be in a storefront type structure, a converted home, attached to a nursing home or senior center. The adult daycare business can be independently owned for profit or state run and/or nonprofit.
Adult daycare provides the adults the opportunity to have a place to go to just to get out of the house and socialize for both mental and physical health. Social interactions can help combat depression. At the adult daycare facility other services are offered besides socialization. There is help with medication monitoring. Some adult daycare facilities offer physical therapy and exercise. There are mind stimulating exercises too. Most adult daycare programs provide lunch and an afternoon snack. Eating with others can improve appetite and overall health.
Each state regulates the operations in their area. Medicare does not cover the cost, but Medicaid does. Depending on the person’s income some or all of the cost may be covered. Some of the places offer financial assistance or weekly and monthly payment plans. Also, the family caregiver can take dependent-care tax credits.
Most facilities have an activities director and staff to help with the activities. There are staff members to help with personal needs. Usually there is a social worker, either full or part time on site. There may be a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. Also, there is a center director. Some adult daycare places have a bus and driver that can pick members up at their homes and bring them home again in the afternoon.
There are other benefits for attending adult daycare. The centers provide a safe and secure place for elders and their family members can still work without worrying about what is happening to their loved one at home. The activities at the adult daycare can improve physical and mental health. Looking forward to a regularly scheduled day, two or three times a week, helps with a general feeling of wellbeing. The family members who are the caregivers can also depend on that time to look after their own personal needs. The home atmosphere is improved when both the elder and the caregiver know that there is a break from the 24/7 responsibilities.
People with Alzheimer’s cannot be left alone at all. By attending adult daycare there is a safe haven for the person. Family members can feel relieved and take advantage of some of the learning services available to provide the special needs for the person with Alzheimer’s. Many adult daycare centers have programs specifically for this.
Adult Day Care