Adult day care offers seniors and those with disabilities professional care, socialization, and enrichment opportunities in community-based group settings. If you have a loved one who is aging in place, it may be the perfect care supplement! Programs are designed to provide supervised care and promote quality of life for both participants and their families. What else is so great about adult day care? Well, here are 5 benefits to know!
What’s respite, you ask? It’s basically rest or a little time away from one’s usual duties. And, adult day care can provide that! According to a report by AARP, more than 1 in 5 people are caregivers to a family member or someone close to them. That means that more than 1 in 5 people are taking care of themselves and someone else. And, many times, those caregivers are juggling personal lives, jobs, and children too. When it all gets to be a little much, adult day service can help to alleviate stress and combat caregiver burnout.
Nearly one-fourth of adults over the age of 65 are considered to be socially isolated (according to a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine). How can you combat feelings of isolation and even depression? By socializing! Adult day care facilities feature engaging activities, therapeutic exercises, and mental stimulation in a group setting. Participants are encouraged to stay active and connect with one another.
Many programs are equipped for specialized care of older adults. This includes seniors who have Alzheimer’s or other memory-related impairments as well as those with physical disabilities. Nurses and other specially-trained staff members provide care and ADL assistance while participants benefit from social and physical activities. Many facilities also feature a secured environment, designed to keep participants safe from wandering.
Many primary caregivers work outside of the home. An adult day service or adult day health care facility can provide seniors with a safe place during the day. Caregivers can go to work knowing that their loved one is taken care of and staying active. Programs often feature door-to-door transportation too! This can be especially helpful for those who may be pressed for time.
Socialization. Recreation. Creative stimulation. These can all be part of helping your loved one feel a sense of independence. Adult day care is a great place to make new friends and spend time expressing oneself through art, music, celebrations, and so much more.
Originally published May 18, 2022