Adult Day Care Facilities
Adult day care facilities are designed for older adults who can no longer manage independently, or who are isolated and lonely. Adult day care is a planned program of activities designed to promote well-being though social and health-related services. Adult day care centers operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. The goal for care in these facilities is:
- To provide older adults an opportunity to get out of the house and receive both mental and social stimulation
- To give caregivers a much-needed break in which to attend to personal needs, or simply rest and relax
For people with Alzheimer's and dementia, adult day centers provide a chance to be social and to participate in staffed activities such as music and exercise programs.
The services provided vary depending upon the center. Common types of services include:
- Counseling - The center may provide support services, such as guidance on outside resources and arrangement for supportive care in the home.
- Health services - Patients with Alzheimer's may require medical services (i.e., insulin shots, help with medication, etc.). Some centers may also provide blood pressure checks, as well as physical evaluations, and dental, eye, or ear examinations.
- Nutrition - Centers provide meals and snacks, and often accommodate a special diet or provide a culturally specific menu. Some centers also offer nutritional education programs.
- Personal care - Centers may provide help with hairstyling, toileting, eating, showering and other personal care tasks.
- Activities - Daily activities may include music, art, recreation, discussion and support groups. Some also provide special activities for people with dementia.
- Behavior management - Some centers specialize in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia – wandering, incontinence, hallucinations, sexually inappropriate behavior, or speech difficulties.
- Therapy - Some centers help arrange for needed physical, occupational or speech therapy with onsite or on-call therapists.
- Special needs - Some centers are equipped to deal with someone who uses a wheelchair, who is hearing or visually impaired, or who is handicapped in another way.
Please contact our professionals at Highland Risk to discuss the programs we have available for adult day care facilities at our Chicago office at 847-832-9100 or our Phoenix office at 847-832-9099.