Caregiving for a parent, spouse, family member or friend is both wonderful and exhausting. What are you to do if you need to go to work, attend an appointment or simply take time for yourself? Adult day service is the perfect answer.
Adult day services are defined by National Adult Day Service Association as “coordinated programs of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day.”
Adult day care centers allow seniors to enjoy safe and productive days in a caring environment, while returning to the comfort and familiarity of home at night.
Types of Adult Day Care Centers
General Adult Day Care Services
These centers provide socialization opportunities and basic support for seniors. Many general programs senior day care programs require that seniors be able to swallow their medications without assistance.
Adult Day Care for those Alzheimer’s/Dementia
Day care centers that specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care employ specially trained staff. In addition to allowing seniors to socialize, these centers also provide a level of specialized care for seniors with memory problems and a propensity for wandering.
Medical Care Services
Medical adult day care is designed for individuals who have chronic physical or cognitive impairments. A highly cost-effective long-term care alternative, medical adult day care centers administer nursing care, meals and therapeutic activities in a safe, structured and homelike environment. Registered nurses, personal care assistants, activities staff and therapists help clients maintain the best possible quality of life while also offering respite for family caregivers.
They may provide health care support services including:
- assistance with daily personal care and hygiene
- administration of medications and injections
- wound care
- regular monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar
- tracheotomy care and tube feeding may also be available
For many family caregivers, it can be difficult to admit that it’s time to get extra help caring for you loved one. The issues can become even more complicated when elderly loved ones, who have been used to living their whole lives independently, are opposed to getting outside “help” or allowing strangers to help them with daily tasks.
However, adult day care services can be a tremendous help to everyone involved, and the best time to explore the options is before services are needed.
The Millennium Adult Day Care is a Senior Center with unique program designed to provide health care and social type services to the culturally sensitive community. The variety of services offered during the day are making possible for seniors to continue living with their loved ones in the comfort of their own home.