A Growing Need for Care

For many people, an aging or recovering loved one creates a complicated problem. The aging population is growing as advanced medicine has expanded our life expectancy.The years of love and familial bonds war with the reality of life in today’s economy. Sometimes sending a loved one to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or other institutional care is an option fraught with guilt. For some, it isn’t financially feasible to stay home and care for their family member. Having someone come in to care for your loved one is likewise expensive and can be disconcerting to a recovering or aging adult. Leaving your loved one home alone all day could be dangerous to them and nerve wracking for yourself. Not to mention dull and mentally unstimulating. A lot of people are unaware that there are alternatives to the traditional options, there are day care centers for adults.

Adult day care

What is Adult Day Care

Adult day care centers are quickly becoming an affordable option for elder care. Seniors and other adults whose families can not or choose not to send them to full-time nursing care often look to adult day care centers to bridge the gaps in care during the work day. These centers provide a variety of activities and some medical services to keep adults feeling productive and healthy throughout their time in the center. Some of these services include podiatry care, speech and occupational therapy, transportation to activities, incontinence assistance, personal care, medication management, memory stimulation, and opportunities to perform volunteer work.

There are also exercise programs and scheduled daily activities. Most centers provide meals and snacks throughout the day and can provide for the special dietary needs of seniors and recovering adults. Your loved one’s needs will be attended and their days enriched by the programming and stimulation of the center not to mention the social benefits of being with members of their peer group during the day. There have been numerous studies citing the benefits of social interaction among the recovering and aging populations. Humans are social creatures after all. After a fulfilling day in a center, the adults go home to the safe, familiar, environment with their families and sleep in their own beds at night.

There are also exercise programs and scheduled daily activities. Most centers provide meals and snacks throughout the day and can provide for the special dietary needs of seniors and recovering adults. Your loved one’s needs will be attended and their days enriched by the programming and stimulation of the center not to mention the social benefits of being with members of their peer group during the day. There have been numerous studies citing the benefits of social interaction among the recovering and aging populations. Humans are social creatures after all. After a fulfilling day in a center, the adults go home to the safe, familiar, environment with their families and sleep in their own beds at night.

What are the Cost Benefits

Day care for adults frees you up to pursue part-time or full-time work while the adult family member in your care spends time in a safe and stimulating environment. This alone is a major cost benefit over being the sole at home caregiver for your family member. A home health care aide can cost as much as nine hundred dollars per day or twenty-four hundred dollars a month. Assisted living facilities cost an average of four thousand dollars a month and nursing homes can cost upwards of nine thousand dollars a month; and with both of these choices, your family member will move from their home, leaving you to deal with sorting their home, sifting through their belongings, and the legal issues that come along with selling a home. Adult day care fees are just a fraction of the costs associated with these other types of adult care. The average monthly cost of adult day care is only fourteen hundred dollars a month.

In addition to private pay options, some Medicaid managed care plans cover adult day care services, as well as some veteran’s benefits and long term care reimbursement. This means that you may not have to cover the entire cost of your loved one’s daily care.

The last benefit, for which there is no monetary measure, is the peace of mind you will have knowing that your loved one is being cared for in a stimulating and healthy manner while you are at work or attending to other matters. You can dispense with worry during the day and greet your loved one when you pick them up at the end of the day.