Does your loved one need care during the day? Adult day care can offer your aging loved one an interactive community focused on their health and well-being. These centers can also offer you respite if you need some time off from caregiving duties. If you are looking for the best center use our suggested tips to better understand adult care centers and how to find one in your area.
What Are Adult Day Care Centers?
Adult day care centers are local structured programs in your community for aging adults. These programs allow a family caregiver to continue with his or her day-to-day activities at work (or home) while their loved one receives care for the day with others at a facility outside of the home. Services provided to aging adults include health, social, and other support services during the day. Participating in an adult day care center can create a nice daily routine and increase social interactions, which can benefit the overall brain health of the individual. Many day centers offer additional services including:
- Art therapy
- Exercise classes
- Hair and beauty services
- Massage therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Oxygen therapy
How to Find an Adult Day Care Center
You can find an adult day care center in two primary ways:
- Visit the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) by visiting this link: http://www.nadsa.org/locator/. Next, enter your zip code, choose your state and search through the various centers available in your area.
- Visit the Eldercare Locator by vising this link: http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx. Next, enter your zip code (or city/state) and click on ‘Adult Day Programs’ and click search. You will then be able to search through the various options available in your area.
Once you identify one or two centers, go check them out to make sure they are the right fit. To help guide you through this part of the process, use the NADSA site visit checklist (click here to download).