This program provides various health, therapeutic and social services to the aged, aging and developmentally disabled to improve their quality of life. It also provides respite for caregivers enabling them to continue working outside of their homes while receiving assistance caring for their loved ones in a safe and loving environment.
An adult day care center, also commonly known as adult day services, is a non-residential facility providing activities for elderly and/or handicapped individuals. Most centers operate 10 – 12 hours per day and provide meals, social/recreational outings, and general supervision. Adult daycare centers operate under a social model and/or a health care model.Daycare centers may focus on providing care only for persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias or their services may be available for any disabled adult. Some daycare centers maintain a nurse on-site. Occasionally, there will be a small room devoted to clients to have vital signs checked, etc. by a medical assistant/nurse when needed. They may also provide transportation and personal care as well as counseling for caretakers.
Participation in adult day care often prevents re-hospitalizations and may delay admission to residential long term care. For participants who would otherwise stay at home alone, the social stimulation and recreational activities may improve or maintain physical unction.