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Adult Day Care programs improve quality of life for seniors and caregivers
When your older adult can’t safely be alone all day on their own or if they feel lonely or isolated, an adult day program might be a good solution. These weekday programs allow seniors to socialize while getting the care they need.
Adult day programs are also a great way to get much-needed breaks to reduce stress and prevent burnout so your own health doesn’t significantly decline while caregiving.
They can be especially helpful if you work full-time outside of the home and your older adult needs affordable care during the day.
We explain what adult day programs are, why they help seniors live at home longer, who would do well in these programs, how they help caregivers, and how much they cost.
What are adult day programs?
Adult day programs are designed for older adults who need supervision, companionship, and assistance on weekdays.
These programs provide engaging social activities and nutritious meals and snacks. The goal is to improve quality of life for both seniors and caregivers.
Seniors who attend adult day programs usually live alone or with their family caregiver. These programs give older adults a chance to get out of the house and socialize with a larger group of people. They also give caregivers much-needed breaks.
Activities may include:
Arts and crafts
Music and sing-a-longs
Mental stimulation games
Stretching or other gentle exercise
Discussion groups (books, films, current events)
Holiday and birthday celebrations
Additional services may include:
Adult day programs help seniors stay at home longer
Adult day programs are important to know about because they can help you keep your older adult living at home longer and delay the need to move to assisted living.
The stress and fatigue from constant caregiving may cause serious illnesses that could make it impossible for you to continue caring for them.
Having your senior attend an adult day program gives you the regular respite you need to reduce stress, care for yourself, and stay healthy enough to care for them over the long term.
Adult day programs are also a good option for caregivers who work full-time outside the home. Instead of being forced to choose between quitting your job to care for your senior or moving them to assisted living, a day program could allow you to keep them at home and keep your job.
Seniors who might benefit from adult day programs
In general, older adults who would benefit from adult day programs:
Can benefit from socialization and assistance a day care center offers
May be physically or cognitively challenged but don’t need 24-hour supervision
Are in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia
Are not incontinent (in most cases)
These aren’t hard and fast rules, but some general guidelines to help you decide if an adult day program would be good for your situation.
Transportation is available for clients at no extra cost.
The Adult Day Care has a large wheelchair accessible vehicle available to pick clients up from home and bring to facility and back home at the end of the day.
Adult day programs include extra benefits for caregivers
Adult day programs are also a relief for family caregivers.
When your older adult is there, you can go to work, run errands, or get some much-needed time for rest and self-care.
Your mind will be at ease because you’ll know that your older adult is safe, well cared for, and having fun.
Many adult day centers also have additional caregiver support like educational programs, support groups, and one-on-one counseling.
If you need more information, don't hesitate to give us a call. A staff member would be happy to visit with you or meet at your home.
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