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What is Adult day care?
Adult day care operates during the day and is a safe haven for families to take their senior relatives or loved ones during the day. Adult day care services allows social interaction, healthy meals, activities, along with the monitoring of medical conditions to keep you loved one safe during the day. Most Adult day care services provide transportation to and from their facility. They are a great way to keep seniors at home and allowing the caregiver to work during the day. See the article below that explains adult day care services in detail.
Adult Day Care Article
Adult day care centers are a key provider of long-term care services in the United States. They provide a program of activities, health monitoring, socialization, and assistance with daily activities which allows individuals to continue to live in their homes and receive needed care in a supportive, professionally staffed, community-based setting.
Adult day care services also benefit family caregivers by enabling them to remain in the workforce or receive needed respite and by providing them with direct services (e.g., educational programs, support groups). They provide cost-effective care, while supporting individual autonomy, allowing individuals to “age in place,” and enhancing the quality of life for both participants and family caregivers. With the projected growth in the older population and resulting increase in the numbers of individuals who will require long-term care, the need for community-based providers such as adult day services centers will continue to grow. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the health care reform bill) and an increasing focus on managing chronic illness within the Medicare program speak to the importance of developing care models that will be able to meet these growing needs. Disability not only impacts the individual, but also the family members and friends who provide care and assistance. The costs of caregiving can include physical, emotional, and financial tolls that impact individuals, families, and society (e.g., lost productivity, premature nursing home placement). Adult day services play an important role in meeting the care needs of today’s population and may hold the answer to the pressing question, “How can we meet our future care needs in a fiscally efficient and ethically responsible manner?”
Adult day care services have played an increasing role in providing long-term care services, as evidenced by the rapid growth in Adult day care services programs from 2,000 in 1989 to over 4,600 in 2009. While this increase is partially due to the aging of our society, much of this growth can be attributed to the benefits offered through Adult day care services. First, Adult day care services allow individuals to remain in their home settings rather than an institutional setting, which is what the majority of caregivers and care recipients desire. ADS are also far less expensive than nursing home care. The national average daily rate for ADS was estimated at $67 compared to $198 for a semi-private room in a nursing home (note: the average daily rate for adult day services among respondents in this
study was under $62). Finally, new evidence from a case-controlled study suggests Adult day care services can improve health-related quality of life for participants. In addition, Adult day care services are effective in improving caregiver well-being and reducing burden, role over-load, worry, anger, and depression…………….