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Adult Day Centers
Adult Day Centers are used to relieve the caregiver of his or her responsibilities for the day while ensuring that their loved one will still receive proper care in a safe and friendly environment. Adult Day Centers usually operate during normal business hours five days a week.
Usually, there are three main types of Adult Day Centers: those that focus primarily on social interaction, those that provide medical care, and those dedicated to Alzheimer’s care.
Adult Day Centers can improve one's overall behavior and provide the caregiver with much-needed time off.
Benefits of Adult Day Centers:
The caregiver can return to work while their loved one is able to stay in their own community
It gives him or her a break from the caregiver
Needed social interaction is provided
Daily activities are more structured
Adult Day Center Services and Activities:
Assistance with eating, taking medicines, toileting, and/or walking
Educational programs or mental stimulation
Health monitoring (e.g., blood pressure, food or liquid intake)
Preparation of meals and snacks
Therapy (occupational, physical, speech, etc.)
Social Activities in Adult Day Centers Can Include:
Costs — The cost of an adult day center usually ranges from $50–$60 per day. Adult Day Centers may be less expensive if they are government funded or if the day care offers scholarships. Programs that offer extensive care or additional specialized services often cost a bit more. An Adult Day Center is usually far less expensive than hiring a home health nurse or moving a loved one to a nursing facility. Medicare doesn’t cover any of the costs associated with an Adult Day Center. Sometimes, long term care insurance may cover the costs of an Adult Day Center if medical personnel are involved.