Adult Day Care

WHAT IS ADULT DAY CARE?

A structured program in a protective setting that provides a variety of health, social, and related supportive services for part of the day, but less than 24 hour care.

Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for seniors who need assistance or supervision during the day.  The program offers relief to family members or caregivers and allows them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing the care recipient is well cared for and safe.

There are two types of adult day care:  Adult social day care provides social activities, meals, recreation and some health-related services.  Adult day health care offers more intensive health, therapeutic and social services for individuals with severe medical problems and those at risk of requiring nursing home care.

Seniors generally take part in the program on a scheduled basis.

HOW DO ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS OPERATE?

These centers are usually open during working hours and may stand alone or be located in senior centers, nursing facilities, churches or synagogues, hospitals, or schools.  The staff may monitor medications, serve hot meals and snacks, perform physical or occupational therapy, and arrange social activities.  They also may help to arrange transportation to and from the center itself.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN AN ADULT DAY CARE CENTER?

Not all states license and regulate adult day care centers, there may be a great deal of difference between individual centers; therefore it is important to learn more about each of the centers near you.  You will probably want to visit the centers closest to you, and to talk with the staff and other families that use the centers to determine if the facilities and programs available meet your individual needs.  You may want to find out if your state has an Adult Day Care Association.

HOW DO I PAY FOR ADULT DAY CARE SERVICES?

Costs vary among adult day care centers.  Costs range from $25 a day to over $100 per day depending on the services offered, type of reimbursement, and geographic region.  While an adult day care center is not usually covered by insurance or Medicare, some financial assistance may be available through a federal or state program (e.g. Medicaid, Older Americans Act, Veterans Administration).

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator

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