According to the U.S. Department of Aging, there were over 40 million Americans who were 65 years of age or older in 2010. While many Americans are reaching their senior years with their health intact, 37% of seniors surveyed in 2010 reported having some type of disability, ranging from vision problems to difficulty living independently. Currently, almost half of all adult day care clients suffer from some form of dementia.

As a primary care provider, you want what’s best for your loved one during those hours they cannot be in your care. Here you’ll find information that will help you better understand the services that adult day care centers provide, as well as information how to select a center that will meet your needs and the needs of your loved one.

Understanding Adult Day Care?

Adult Day Care centers provide services, generally during the day, to the elderly and younger people with disabilities.  The clients return to their homes at night.  These centers provide an array of services ranging from meals to cognitive stimulation.  Many embrace the principles of person-centered care and have a specific plan for each client to maximize the value of their experience while receiving care.

While some adult day care centers are independent, others are associated with assisted living residences, skilled nursing facilities, or continuing care retirement communities.  Such centers were originally focused on providing a social setting for seniors who were becoming isolated in their communities.  As adult day care centers have become more prevalent, they have become more focused on providing care to those with medical needs, such as those with diabetes or cardiovascular problems.  Some centers specialize in providing care to those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.

The Benefits to Both Seniors and Caregivers

One advantage of this type of care is that it can offer a cost-effective alternative to skilled nursing care.  Seniors who have just been released from the hospital can find adult day care will provide the support then need as they make the transition back to independent living.  These centers can help those with long-term problems age in place, allowing them to get the care they need while living at home with an adult child, spouse, or even in their own home.

Such centers also provide help to caregivers.  By providing care to seniors, the caretaker frequently can continue their job, knowing that their loved one is being taken care of while they are employed.  Having the option to utilize these services can help reduce the worry and depression that frequently plague caregivers who provide care around the clock.

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