Adult Daycare Centers benefit seniors and their caregivers. A short stay at adult daycare gives seniors a chance to be around other people besides their caregivers. They get to socialize with others their age, participate in activities and get out of the house for a little while. The change of scenery and increased activity and social interaction is good for both the body and mind. Seniors who go to daycare centers will also likely make new friends.
Caregivers, on the other hand, get much needed breaks from taking care of someone else. They can run errands, work or take care of chores, spend time with other family, or simply just relax and have some “me” time.
Adult Daycare Centers usually operate during the day only, typically only on weekdays. Meals and snacks are usually provided, and seniors usually get help with tasks like taking their medicine and going to the bathroom, if needed. There are usually lots of scheduled activities like parties to celebrate holidays, shopping outings, live entertainment, games and arts and crafts.
Adult daycare is a type of respite care, a term that also applies to short-term or temporary care provided in a senior’s home or in a residential community, such as an assisted living facility. When receiving respite care in a residential program, you may live in a small apartment or a just a bedroom and bath that is private or shared.
Adult Daycare Centers typically charge per day or per hour, and some centers have a sliding pay scale that allows families to pay what they can afford based on their income.
What Should I Consider When Choosing an Adult Daycare Center?
Visiting the center when it’s busy can give you a good idea of how well it’s run and whether or not the staff is adequate for the number of residents being attended. Look for the following signs of a well-run center:
- The staff is friendly and not too busy to take care of the needs of individuals as they arise.
- The facility is clean and equipped with extras that make it easy for seniors to move around and interact.
- Seniors are engaged and seem happy, and are not just sitting idly with nothing to do or no one to speak to them.
- The lunch looks like it’s well-prepared, healthy and is appetizing.