How To Find Daytime Supervision: Adult Day Care

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Adult Day Care Centers offer socialization, activities, and necessary daytime supervision for elderly adults. Seniors who are socially isolated or who need care and assistance can benefit from adult day care. Centers are an important option for family caregivers, who want to continue to care for their elderly relatives in their own home.

The care and socialization offered at adult day care centers allows caregivers to feel confident that their loved one is safe and well cared for while they are at work or performing other necessary tasks. Centers offer a variety of programs and amenities, including exercise programs and a diverse schedule of activities, which help keep participants engaged and stimulated.

Assistance with the activities of daily living, including eating, walking, toileting, and medication management may also be available. Additionally, many centers offer physical, speech, and occupational therapies to their participants. All licensed centers provide nutritious meals and snacks on a daily basis.

*Choosing an Adult Day Care Provider*
Use the Housing search engine on our home page to locate Adult Day Care Providers. Information may also be available through senior centers, family physicians, or the local Area Agency on Aging. After locating nearby providers, call them to request flyers, brochures, calendars, and application information.

While reviewing this information, pay careful attention to how many years the provider has been in business and their licensures and certifications. Also, note the hours and days of operation. Additionally, be sure to understand the staff credentials, staff to participant ratio, and the medical conditions the facility and its staff are equipped to handle. Inquire about the availability of transportation to and from the program if it is necessary. The types of activities offered and the menu variety should be considered as well. Specific costs and any financial assistance that is available should be clearly outlined in the information packet.

Reviewing printed materials and asking questions over the phone can help narrow the choices, but the final decision of which Adult Day Care Provider to use must be made in person. During the visit, carefully observe the general atmosphere of the building and the program. The layout of the building and the rooms should ensure easy accessibility for persons in wheelchairs or using walkers. There should be a private area for resident and staff conferences. A separate area so that individuals who are ill can be isolated from the general population is also important. The entire facility should be clean and pleasant. Furniture should be sturdy and comfortable, with choices available for lounging and participating in activities.

Beyond the general set up of the facility, focus on the interaction between the staff members and the participants. Do the participants appear happy and satisfied? Are volunteers available to offer assistance? The center should be a welcoming place, complete with staff members who are ready and able to help. Also, notice the participation level of the attendees. Are they actively involved in activities? Inquire as to whether or not participants are involved in planning activities. Ask how staff members handle suggestions for new or different programs or activities.

During the visit, staff members should be able to provide clear and easy to understand information about the services and activities provided at the center. Be sure to obtain answers for any remaining questions about center procedures, staffing, and costs.

Checking references from individuals who are currently using the provider or have used them in the past is the final step. After choosing a provider, try them for at least three to five days. If there are problems making the adjustment, staff members may be able to offer advice to help make the transition smoother.

Article adapted from the National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.’s website. For more information, visit www.nadsa.org.

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