Adult Day Care - July 3, 2005
What is Adult Day Care?
Adult day care provides an organized program of services during the day in a community group setting for the purpose of supporting the personal independence of older adults and promoting their social, physical, and emotional well-being. Programs must offer a variety of activities designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the participants including referral to and assistance in using other community resources.
Adult day care center participants need to be mobile, With the possible assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair, and in most cases, they must also be continent.What is Adult Day Health Care?
Adult day health care programs serve older adults with disabilities who need a higher level of care, but can still benefit from receiving services in a group setting. In addition to the services of the Adult Day Care Program, the Adult Day Health Care Program also offers: physical, occupational and speech therapies, nursing supervision, monitoring of vital signs, blood glucose, blood pressure, medications, assistance with bathroom visits, dietary counseling and supervision, psychological counseling, and an Individualized Plan of Care.Why Adult Day Care?
Costs vary according to the level of care provided, which is different at different types of adult day care programs. Adult day care programs start at about $30 to $70 or more per day. Providing a wide range of activities and support for frail adults who are at risk for falls, accidents, and depression, these programs are more affordable than home care, and more effective at alleviating isolation, encouraging appropriate exercise and providing dome intellectual stimulation.
While Medicare does not cover the cost of adult day care, long-term care insurance may pay for adult day care services, depending upon the policy.What Services does an Adult Day Care Center Provide?
A well-run adult day care center’s goals will focus on enriching the participants’ lives, building upon their skills, knowledge, and unique abilities and strengths. These are some of the activities that are available:
As of May 12, 2005, Only 58 of the 100 North Carolina counties had adult day care centers. The 107 centers in North Carolina had 3,291 certified slots available.
In Union County there are two adult day care centers. The New Testament Adult Day Care has a capacity of 50 participants. The New Testament Day Care is located at 2603 Goldmine Road, Monroe, North Carolina 28110. The Director is Reverend Lee E. Eiss. Telephone number: (704) 283-5606
Tracy’s Adult Day Care is located at 3617 Andrew Jackson Drive, Waxhaw, North Carolina 28173. Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Coffey are the directors. Tracy’s has a capacity of 8 participants. (704) 843-2344How Can Adult Day Care Benefit Your Family?
“Adult day care offers a win/win situation for everyone in the family—not only the client or member who attends the program, but also for the family member who has primary responsibility caregiver. Adult day care provides a much –needed respite for the caregiver, affording a break to the physical demands and stress of providing round-the-clock care.”
For the participant, adult day care’s benefits can be extensive:
The best time to start exploring what’s available is before the service is actually needed. According to ElderCare Online, a person should consider using adult day care when a senior:
The adult day care center evaluation should include:The physical environmnet