The general increase of adult day centers in Florida reflects a budding awareness that caregivers aren’t always able to provide tools that a senior or disabled adult living at home needs to lead an independent but fulfilling life. They overlook one prominent disadvantage — the lack of meaningful social group interaction. Hence, the popularity and benefits of adult day care services.
Though you may feel guilty at first about considering adult day care for your adult or senior, day centers can provide your loved one with many benefits, from increased social interaction to cognitive stimulation. Long-term care can also be complicated for many Floridians who can’t afford nursing homes or in-home care, however, utilizing adult day care programs can be beneficial and a good solution to helping provide affordable care.
According to the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA), adult day service centers have become a staple in communities in recent years. These centers operate on a Monday – Friday week with convenient hours to benefit caregivers. Most participants will attend full days, and an average of 48% attending five days a week. Centers are usually administered by a healthcare administrator, social worker or nurse. The direct care worker-to-participant is typically a 1:6 ratio.
Delaying the Need for and Institution
Adult day care centers today have become essential in providing daily care to those with forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests adult day care offers an opportunity for participants to socialize and be entertained in a safe environment. These centers can offer staffed group activities such as music therapy and exercise programs, cognitive games, day field trips, and even music and pet therapy. Some individuals with cognitive impairments may resist attending the center at first but slowly become more involved and actually look forward to attending the program, meeting new people and participating in group activities.
If you are a caregiver adult day care programs can be a beneficial opportunity for a much needed break. Relief from the stress of balancing care for a loved one, adult day care centers can provide an array of services that a caregiver cannot offer – including therapy, nutrition, some health services, cognitive stimulation activities, group activities, and daily personal care and grooming. Some centers also provide transportation, supporting the caregiver’s schedule. Locate centers near you to learn more about their services and hours.
The benefits of adult day care are plentiful. For adults and seniors, it’s an opportunity to attend a home-like environment, live at home longer, make new friends and learn new things. For caregivers, it provides some respite and peace-of-mind that your loved one is safe and in good hands while you attend to yourself and other responsibilities.
Adult Day Care Services
Services provided by an adult day program can vary from center to center. Common types of services can include:
Set up an appointment with our center to view the facility and speak with the staff. Be sure to make a list of questions you may have prior to your visit. Inquire ask about standard costs, any financial assistance available and additional cost for any activities not discussed.