Adult Day Care: An Option for Senior Living

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Adult Day Care: An Option for Senior Living

Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who needs assistance or supervision during the day. The service centers offer social activities and health care programs for adults with physical disabilities and cognitive impairments, while supervising seniors who are frail and unable to be alone for long periods of time.Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work or just relaxed while knowing their relative is well-cared.

Types of Adult Day Care:

Transitional Day Care Services. This type of senior living offers short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay. For example, if an adult has been admitted in the hospital for heart surgery, they are not quite physically able to stay on their own and they often need help with taking the plethora of prescription medications doled out to them after the surgery. In this case, the senior would go to an adult day care center during the day to ensure they are being cared for in a safe environment with medical supervision.

Active Adult Day Care Facilities. For adults who are entering their senior years but without medical issues or physical needs, there are active adult day care facilities. These centers are focused more on providing socialization, exercise, community outings, and senior volunteer opportunities. The goal is to give seniors somewhere to go during the day so they remain in touch with other adults their age.

Memory Care. For patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, specialized memory care includes services to cover these medical issues. Memory day care provides Alzheimer’s and dementia patients with a safe place to stay during the daytime. In addition, at memory care facilities patients are provided with cognitive therapy and memory training to help them regain lost brain connections associated with this brain disorder.

Congregational Day Care Centers. These are sponsored by religious organizations that may also offer the physical space for the day care. For instance, larger, national religious groups, such as Catholic Social Services, will provide funding, staff, facilities, and services for Catholic based adult day care centers.

Adult Day Care and Palliative Services. This is a type of day care facility that works in conjunction with a team of medical providers. With this adult day care service, the senior will go to the adult day care facility where they will receive specialized care to meet their health needs. Then after the senior leaves adult day care each day, the next partner in palliative care steps in, which may include home care providers or caregivers trained to provide specialized care.

Benefits of Adult Day Care Centers:

  • Preserves independence
  • Promotes Social and Cognitive Function
  • Safely engages seniors in appropriate physical activities
  • Creates routine and daily expectations
  • Improves senior health and quality of life
  • Social Interaction

The four most common ways of paying for adult day care are with:

  • Medicare
  • Private insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans’ programs

By going to senior day care, elderly adults can overcome a host of age-related issues including depression, loneliness, fatigue, and loss of brain function. Seniors are able to socialize, learn, move, and experience daily routines under the guidance of professional caregivers. Overall, the choice of adult day care is an ideal solution for caregivers and seniors who are not ready or do not need to transition to a full-time care facility, such as a nursing home. Adult day care provides just enough interaction and stimulation in a controlled environment, without forcing the seniors to experience a complete upheaval in their own home setting.

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