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What is an Adult Day Care Program?

We’ve all heard and probably made use of day care for children at some point in our lives, but something that is likely unfamiliar to us is the concept of Adult Day Care. It’s a real thing, and just like regular day care does for our children, Adult Day Care allows older adults in our lives to be looked after while we’re tending to some of the other important things in life needing our attention, like jobs.

By the simplest definition, Adult Day Care Centers are able to provide both care and companionship for older adults who might need help or supervision during the day. They can also provide a much-needed sense of relief to both family members and caregivers alike, by letting them work, handle personal affairs, or simply relax, all while still having the peace of mind that their loved one is being well taken care of. The goals these places strive to reach include delaying or preventing institutionalization by offering a type of alternative care, enhancing self-esteem and encouraging socialization. There are two types of day care as well—adult social day care and adult day health care. The former offers much in the way of social activities, meals, recreation and some health-related services. The latter, on the other hand, provides more intensive health, therapeutic, and social services to those who have serious medical conditions or who are at risk of needing nursing home care.

Some services can include the following, and participants do so on a scheduled basis:
• Counseling
• Education
• Evening care
• Exercise
• Health screening
• Meals
• Medical care
• Physical therapy
• Recreation
• Respite care
• Socialization
• Supervision
• Transportation
• Medical management

Most Adult Day Care Centers are open during normal business hours and may be a standalone operation or located within senior centers, nursing facilities, places of faith, hospitals, or schools. The staff might do such things as monitor medication, serve both hot meals and snacks, perform physical or occupational therapy, and arrange any social activities. They can also help to arrange for transportation to and from the center.

Keep in mind that not all states will license or regulate adult day care centers. There could be a lot of difference between centers; because of this, it’s important to learn as much as possible about each center near you. And if you can, visit the ones closest to you and talk with any staff or other families that use the centers to see if it is right for your situation. You might also wish to check whether your state has an adult day care association.

The costs for such services can range from as low as $25 to over $100 a day, but this depends on the types of services the facility offers, the type of reimbursement, and the geographic region. Since an adult day care isn’t usually covered by Medicare, you might be able to receive financial assistance through either a federal or state program (like Medicaid, Older Americans Act, or the Veteran’s Health Administration).

If you or someone you love needs assistance with Elder Care law issues, call 856-281-3131. Let us help ease your stress and give you a plan.

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