When an elderly loved one needs additional care or supervision during the day, many families think that they have no choice but to quit their jobs. Others find that their health deteriorates as the stress of round-the clock caregiving prevents them from caring for themselves. Or, families may think that placement in a facility is their only option. But adult day has provided a safe, stimulating, and homelike environment.
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What Is Adult Day Care and How Can it Help Caregivers?
Browse our member benefits. In , the most recent year for which figures were available, about 4, adult day care centers across the nation served more than , participants, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Evidence shows that older people who attend these centers have a better quality of life. In an eight-day period, the caregivers showed higher levels of DHEA-S — a chemical that helps protect the body against the damaging effects of stress and may reduce the risks of illness — on days after their loved ones spent time in adult day care. While traditional community senior centers can be a great place for healthy older people who don't have major physical or cognitive disabilities to exercise or take classes, adult day care centers serve those who need more supervision and services. More than half of older people who attend adult day care have some degree of cognitive impairment, according to the National Adult Day Services Association, an industry group.
Adult Day Care
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Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. The goals of the programs are to delay or prevent institutionalization by providing alternative care, to enhance self-esteem, and to encourage socialization. There are two types of adult day care: adult social day care and adult day health care.