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.
What is an adult day center ?
An adult day 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.
Day centers can focus solely on providing care for persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. However, there are many services in adult day centers available for any disabled adult. Some day 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 center 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 function.