Benefits of Adult Day Care
Adult day centers are helpful for seniors and their loved ones. Many seniors who live at home (or with a loved one) would benefit from a regular schedule of daily activities, programming, and social interaction. Adult day care centers also benefit their caregivers.
Did you know that one in four people is a caregiver for a family member or loved one? While caregiving is one of the most loving and giving acts, it can be an overwhelming experience balancing senior care, jobs, families, household duties, and a personal life.
Benefits for Seniors
Adult day care centers promote a senior’s ability to remain independent longer by supplementing the assistance they receive from family caregivers with a unique program of health care services and activities. The cognitive and physical stimulation not only enhances their well-being, it delays deterioration that would necessitate placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
All adult care centers offer a variety of enrichment activities, such as painting, ceramics, wood crafts and cooking, which improve hand-eye coordination, provide outlets for creative expression and build self-esteem. By engaging in word puzzles, reminiscing exercises and discussions of subjects like art, history, music and current events, seniors receive cognitive stimulation that enhances mental acuity and memory function. In addition, games, outings, and special events offer opportunities for both group and one-on-one social interaction.
Appropriate Nutrition and Medication Management
Sometimes, seniors living at home are not able to prepare healthy meals, or they forget to take their medications on time. Both of these factors can have detrimental affects on their long-term health. Most adult day care centers provide appetizing, wholesome meals and snacks that are approved by a registered dietician and include provisions for diabetics, vegetarians, sodium-restricted or low-cholesterol diets and other special dietary needs. In addition, most facilities can administer medications, although not every facility can give injections or other more invasive forms of medical care.
Better Emotional Health
Participants in adult day care services experience less boredom, anxiety and depression. They tend to be more positive-thinking, and this can actually improve overall health and well-being.
Benefits for Caregivers
The benefits for caregivers are numerous. Caregivers will worry less with the benefit of more time to complete personal tasks and career responsibilities. Plus, they receive a temporary break from the demands of caregiving — without respite, caregivers are more susceptible to the effects of caregiver stress, such as depression, exhaustion and other health problems.