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Companion Care in Raleigh: Adult Day Care

Adult day care provides a great senior care option that allows for senior independence and interaction with others while still being cared for.  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?

Aware Senior Care’s Tim Murray sat down with Marcia Jerrell of SarahCare Adult Day Care Center to get more information on this flexible option for companion care in Raleigh.

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 is a place where senior adults with cognitive and physical challenges may come to for supervised activities, socialization and nursing care needs. Individuals attending adult day care centers are typically in need on direct supervision and/or personal care needs that are typically provided by a family in the individuals’ home.

Q: Who attends Adult Day Care centers?

A: Senior adults who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery and other senior related health concerns attend adult day care centers. They are often living at home with a spouse or adult child and can benefit from 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, exercise programs, activities such as arts and crafts, table games, trivia, gardening and walking programs are offered
throughout the morning followed by a well‐balanced lunch. Such activities and socialization continues 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 but have emerged into standalone centers and offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of the individual. 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, but the biggest benefit is 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. Placing an individual with dementia into an environment that is set up to meet the individual where they are both cognitive and physically can increase self-esteem, and can allow the person to focus on 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 who is attending a combination health/social model adult day care program can have a diagnosed of many medical conditions that require supervision and nursing care. Typically, adult day care centers have either a LPN or an RN on staff and 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: Adult day care centers are primarily paid for in a private manner. Medicare and health insurance does not cover the cost of care. If an individual has a long term care insurance plan that covers
community based programs, adult day care may be covered. In addition, some centers are VA providers and coverage may be covered through VA benefits.
Q: Are Adult Day Care centers regulated like an Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility?
A: Adult day care centers are licensed by the State of North Carolina and must complete an annual re-certification process. In addition, monthly unannounced inspections are conducted.
Q: What types of services are available at an Adult Day Care besides activities and nursing services?
A: Some centers offer services beyond activities and nursing services such as transportation, PT/OT/ST, podiatry services, bathing services and barber and beauty salon services.

Q: How can an Adult Day Care benefit the caregiver?
A: As a caregiver, there is often no time for themselves. The caregiver can have a much needed and deserved break from caregiving and can find time to care for themselves. The amount of stress that caregivers carry is enormous and if they can have just a little bit of break from the responsibilities during the day, it may be just what they need to keep caring for their loved one. For more information about SarahCare and Adult Day Care:

SarahCare at Lake Boone Trail
Marcia K. Jarrell, Executive Director
Phone: 919‐746‐7050, Fax: 919‐788‐1440

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