Daytime hours can be the hardest to cope with when you are caring for an elderly parent. Making sure they are safe, getting to the bathroom without falling, that they are eating and that they are not sitting in the same spot all day feeling lonely. Caregivers might think their choices to address this problem are limited to either quitting their job to stay with their parent or placing them in a nursing home or assisted living. The first thing to do is assess the situation. Is your parent safe to stay at home with minimal support? How much supervision do they actually need? If they are able to stay in their home safely but need minimal supervision and engagement consider the option of an adult day care center.
Adult day care centers, also known as social day care, provide a comprehensive program of supervision, structured activities, minimal assistance with toileting, and light meals. Adding this option as part of the care plan for your elderly parent can provide you with peace of mind and your parent with social engagement which is vital to the quality of life.
There is also a program called Adult Day Health Care program which is Medicare funded program and is appropriate for elders who are more impaired. This level of program is more appropriate for elderly who are need more direction, are incontinent, or wheelchair bound. Nursing, rehabilitative and social services are offered to participants based on an initial assessment. Unlike adult day care centers, these programs are licensed through state agencies.
The fee for adult day care centers is private pay. Most centers offer a pro-rated fee for half-day enrollment. Transportation is available, usually at an extra charge. If your parent has long term care insurance, check with the policy to see if this service is covered. If you choose this option, meet with the center manager to go over the plan of care and how things work. It is also important to get to know the staff who will care for your loved one. Visit this resource to learn more; http://nadsa.org