How Adult Day Care Is Helping Older Adults

Adult Day Care centers are centers which help elderly people who wish to age in place at home, yet require assistance with activities of daily living, medication reminders and socialization. I have helped individuals, hospitals, assisted living facilities and entrepreneurs start these centers for the past 10 years. These centers are an important service to the community because they are serving populations who wish to age in place at home with higher levels of physical disability and chronic diseases than ever. But, more so than ever before these centers are leaders in providing care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia as well. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have become a growing concern in society today, as these diseases become more prevalent among the elderly. I have visited many centers with Alzheimer’s clients and specific Alzheimer’s programs which provide memory care activities and observe clients so that they know how to care for each individual according to his/her needs. Further, on our web site which is listed below, I have written an Alzheimer’s care manual which explains the disease, how to create spaces for Alzheimer’s clients and up to date information on caretaking for these clients.Approximately 90% of these centers provide a cognitive stimulation program. Cognitive stimulation programs provide people with an outlet to increase memory, mindful thoughts and keep the mind active in wholesome thinking and problem solving. Some centers have programs which focus on separate cognitive activities for men and women to keep both genders stimulated mentally. When searching for a center for a relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease it is best advisable to ask about their program for memory care, who created the program, what is the program all about and finally, to watch the program and employees in action with the clients at the center. Most centers provide caregiver support and educational programs for caregivers. We cannot overemphasize the importance of educating the caregiver as the caregiver is the primary source of support for the client. Almost 80% of centers provide professional nursing staff, and about 59% employ a social worker and physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Moreover, over 80% of participants attend full days, and 40% attend five days per week. Finally, The direct care worker to participant is 1:6.