What is Adult Day Care?

From the Alzheimer’s Care Today Daily E-Newsletter 

October 1, 2014 by 

Alzheimer’s Care in Hermitage, PA – Home Care and Adult Day Care

When you are the family caregiver for your elder adult with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s very helpful to know about all the services or supports you can access. You may have received offers from friends and relatives to help you out as well. As long as they are aware of the level of care and supervision your elderly loved one needs, they can be of great help to you.

Alzheimer’s home care is another way to receive help for your loved one. Hiring a professional caregiver who is experienced in taking care of an elderly person with Alzheimer’s or dementia is becoming the number one choice for families.

What do adult day services offer?

For older adults who need a safe and loving, supportive place to go to during the day that provides full-time supervision, adult day services is the perfect choice. There are activities, assistance for adults who need it, opportunity to socialize, and some facilities offer a certain level of health care.

Day services are usually available starting at about 7:00am and ending around 6:00pm to meet the needs of caregivers who work during the day. Adult day care can be utilized along with Alzheimer’s home care. It would give your elderly loved one a solid schedule to follow if they went to day care during weekly daytime hours and then had a dementia home care helper in the evenings and on weekends.

Sometimes these services can be accessed on a drop-in basis once you’re registered or they may require you to book ahead. The downfall with drop-in is that if you are depending on using their service but they are full when you arrive, you are out of luck. It’s better to plan ahead. For elderly adults who do well in a group setting, adult day care may work quite well. For adults who need their own space and get confused or anxious easily, the one on one of home care would work much better.

Adult day services compared to Alzheimer’s home care

If your elderly adult acts very suspicious or non-trusting in new situations or with new people then an adult day service may not be the best choice for you. Your loved one may see some new people every day and may not respond very well with it. If this is the case, you may want to stick with Alzheimer’s home care.

The caregivers are trained and experienced working with adults who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They would be able to get your loved one into a comfortable routine that would help them feel calm and secure.

It may be worth trying both or a combination of the two types of care for your elderly loved one. All individuals react differently and you may need to try them out before you can tell which would work out the best.