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Adult Day Care
What Is Adult Day Care?
Normally, adult day care is used to relieve the caregiver of his or her duties for the day while ensuring that the care recipient will still receive the proper care in a safe, friendly environment. These centers usually operate during normal business hours five days a week, and some centers also offer additional services during evenings and weekends. Currently, there are more than 5,000 of these programs operating in the United States.
In general, there are three main types of adult day care centers: those that focus primarily on social interaction, those that provide medical care, and those dedicated to Alzheimer’s care. Many of these facilities are affiliated with other organizations, including home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or other senior service providers.
Adult Home Care
Adult Day Care can be utilized ongoing, daily or a couple of times a week or can be used for short term respite care.
Regulation of adult day care centers is at the discretion of each state and can vary greatly. Texas does license this type of care, but other states may not. Adult day care Houston can be found on the Cypress Trio website as well as other cities in Texas and throughout the US. In Home care agencies Houston or respite care Houston otherwise can be searched and utilized in a similar fashion to engage the senior in daily activities and for respite care.
Generally, a care recipient can benefit from adult day care because:
- It allows him or her to stay in his or her home while the caregiver goes to work
- It gives him or her a break from the caregiver
- It provides needed social interaction
- It provides greater structure to his or her daily activities
Social activities in adult day care centers can include:
- Field trips
- Holiday parties
- Music therapy
- Pet therapy
- Relaxation techniques
Funding for these type of facilities is generally private pay. However, there are many charitable organizations (70%) that run adult day care centers across the US and provide some “scholarship” opportunities to assist families. You should always inquire about this possibility when talking with these organizations.