Adult medical and non-medical day care is an excellent and affordable senior care option. Their services provide independence for seniors, interaction with others, and much needed respite for family caregivers. Aware sat down with SarahCare’s Marcia Jerrell to learn more.
Many of those who care for loved ones are unable to provide full-time care due to work and/or other obligations. Additionally, having a full-time caregiver in the home or the fees of an assisted living facility aren’t feasible financially. Have you considered Adult Day Care?
What is Adult Day Care and What Services Do They Provide?
Aware Senior Care’s Tim Murray sat down with Marcia Jerrell of SarahCare Adult Day Care Center. She provides more information on how adult day care in Cary, NC and the surrounding areas offers a flexible option for senior care.
Q: What is the difference between a senior center and adult day care center?
A: A senior center is designed to meet the social needs of fully independent seniors. An adult day care center fulfills the needs of senior adults with cognitive and physical challenges. They provide supervised activities, socialization and nursing care. Individuals attending adult day care centers are typically in need of direct supervision and/or personal care needs. Typically, family members provide them in the individuals’ home.
Q: Who attends Adult Day Care centers?
A: Seniors with a form of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery and other long-term health concerns. They are often living at home with a spouse or adult child. Centers provide the benefit of socialization and activities outside of their homes.
Q: What is a typical day like at an Adult Day Care center?
A: A typical day at an adult day care center usually starts with a light breakfast. Afterward, seniors enjoy exercise programs, activities such as arts and crafts, table games, trivia, gardening and walking programs. This is followed by a well‐balanced lunch. Activities and socialization continue into the afternoon. All programs and activities are designed specifically for senior adults with cognitive and physical challenges.
Q: Are Adult Day Care centers a new care option for elder care?
A: Adult day care centers have been in existence for over 30 years. They originated mostly in church basements or synagogues. Centers have recently emerged as standalone businesses and offer a wide range of services. They are a great alternative to institutional care and the most affordable way to care for a senior adult.
Q: How can someone with dementia benefit from Adult Day Care centers?
A: There are many reasons why a person with dementia benefits from attending an adult day care center. The biggest benefits are the activities and socialization that play a vital role in slowing the progression of the dementia.
Isolation is a large reason many senior adults begin to decline both cognitively and physically. It does not matter if a person is an introvert or an extrovert, social engagement is necessary for all individuals.
Individuals with dementia see a boost in their self-esteem with environments set up to meet their needs. It allows the person to focus on the many activities that they CAN do. Rather than what they can no longer do.
Q: What types of medical conditions can someone have while attending an Adult Day Care center?
A: A person attending a combination health/social model adult day care program may have multiple diagnoses. Sometimes, this requires supervision and nursing care.
Typically, adult day care centers have either a LPN or an RN on staff. If the medical condition can be managed under the scope of an LPN or RN license, then the care for that medical condition can be received at the center.
Q: How much does it cost? Are there funding sources or insurance coverage?
A: Families considering Adult day care primarily pay in a private manner. Medicare and health insurance does not cover the cost of care. A long term care insurance plan that covers community based programs could cover adult day care. In addition, some centers are VA providers and coverage may be covered through VA benefits.
Q: Are centers regulated like an Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility?
A: Adult day care centers must be licensed by the State of North Carolina. They must complete an annual re-certification process. In addition, inspections occur monthly, often unannounced.
Q: What types of services are available besides activities and nursing services?
A: Some centers offer services beyond activities and nursing services. They include transportation, PT/OT/ST, podiatry services, bathing services and barber and beauty salon services.
Q: How can this service benefit a family caregiver?
A: As a caregiver, there is often no time for themselves. The caregiver can have a much needed and deserved break from caregiving. They can find time to care for themselves.The amount of stress that caregivers carry is enormous. A little break during the day may be just what they need to keep caring for their loved one.
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