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Benefits of Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care Services Offer Many Benefits

Adult day care offer services to people who live alone at home during the day. It's a great option over sitting at home in front of a TV or for those who cannot stay home by themselves. Adult daycare provides meals, activities, and social interaction in a facility where they're monitored by trained staff and licensed nurses. At the end of the day, they return home with family. Adult daycare eliminates or puts off the need for an assisted living room or a nursing home facility.

The cost of adult day care ranges, but it is generally a more affordable solution than in-home care, assisted living or a nursing home.

Benefits of Adult Day Care

Day care offers peer interactions
Day care offers peer interactions

The results of a recent study demonstrate that adult day care services are helpful in reducing the level of stress on family caregivers. After three months of use, family caregivers experienced fewer depressive symptoms than those who did not use adult day care services. The benefits were still present after 1 year.

Families reported that loved ones using adult day care had a positive reaction to adult day care services. Loved ones' benefits:

  • Easierto manage
  • More active
  • More alert

Researchers believe that positive changes in family caregivers' well-being also attributes to positive behavior in dementia patients.

The Benefits for Caregivers

  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased symptoms of depression
  • Patients were more alert
  • Patients interact socially

Family caregivers were extremely positive when evaluating the adult day care programs. They reported that their relatives enjoyed the social interaction, the physical activities and cognitive stimulation.

Common concerns of families when enrolling a loved one into an adult day care program:

  • Difficulty transporting the person to and from the facility
  • Concerns that a loved one attending might be harder to manage at home when the day had ended

Conclusion: Only a small number of family members reported either to be an issue after the study, and 66 percent experienced less stress on days that their loved ones attended adult day care compared to the times they did not.

More Benefits of Adult Day Care

Preserves Independence

Adult day care offers day long or short day programs that allow people with needs a chance to leave the house and be involved with others socially. Older adults or people living with a disability yearn for independence. An adult day care gives one a chance to enjoy being on one's own in a safe and caring environment, time away from the family, and to do things with others like them.

Participants enjoy control over the activities they choose to do, increasing a sense of well-being; an important factor in rehabilitation or recovery.

Adult day care improves patient and caregiver relationships too. These are often strained due to stressful situations; a major reason people with needs move to a nursing home. Caring for older adults or another person with activities of daily living needs puts overwhelming stress on families.

Adult day care relieves them for several hours a day, allowing family members some time on their own.

Improve Senior Health

Monitors senior safety and health
Monitors senior safety and health

According to the National Center on Aging, 133 million Americans have a chronic condition; heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, or cancer.

Every 35 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

One in five (older adults) live with depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.

Adult day care helps remedy these issues by offering older adults a place to go every day and receive care, nutritious meals, mental and physical stimulation, and companionship.

In Good Hands

Each day care participant has a choice to participate in group activities:

  • Exercise
  • Entertainment
  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Art
  • Games
  • Planned outings
  • Spend quiet time reading
  • Visit with participants

At dual licensed facilities, some day care centers offer full-time on-site physical, occupational, and speech therapists to perform physician-prescribed therapies as well as ongoing educational, evidence-based exercise and behavioral change programs for both patients and their families.

Physical therapy: helps regain independence by improving balance, muscle strength and mobility

Occupational therapy: focuses on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the member and family, promoting participation in and performance of activities of daily living

Speech therapy: plays a primary role in screening, assessment and treatment of communication challenges.

Comprehensive Health Screenings

In some adult day care centers, professionally licensed team of therapists, nurses, and activity professionals conduct a series of comprehensive health screenings, including memory, hearing, and gait, that form a baseline from which to measure future changes in health and cognition.

Individualized care plans help prolong and preserve memory and promote independence. Families are free to attend in the development and assessment of each care plan.

Health Monitoring

Nursing team monitors:

  • Vital signs
  • Administers medicine
  • Health changes
  • Diabetes
  • Health issues
  • Weight
  • Diet

Health topics and education for both family members and participants are given each month.

Respite Care

Caring for someone who needs constant attention is difficult. If you are a caregiver, you need a break! Respite care's defined as short-term relief for those caring for loved ones.

Your local adult day care offers the break you need. Some centers offers short or long day stays; giving you ample time to shop, lunch with a friend or run other errands. This respite care isn't just a break for you, it's a break for the person you care for too.

You'll be pleased to find that most adult day care staff are passionate about what they do.

Licensed and credentialed, the staff engages in education programs to enhance their knowledge and care methods to stay current with research. Most importantly, adult day care staff members enjoy working with older adults and passionate about personal connections.

Enjoy the Benefits of Adult Day Care

Adult day care helps preserve independence and improves participant and caregiver relationships. These can often be strained due to the stress of the situation, and a major reason people move into nursing homes in the first place.

Family caregivers, especially seniors caring for their spouses, become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work they face to care for their loved ones. With medicine schedules, physical exertions and constantly having to meet their needs, caregivers often find themselves unable to handle the day-to-day demands.

Adult day care relieves them of their duties for several hours a day, allowing them to take care of their own needs and take some time for themselves. Adult day care is less expensive than in-home medical care. Finances are often a big reason for a move into a nursing home and relieving some of the financial stress is instrumental in keeping people at home.

Carol Marak
Carol Marak

After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.