Encourage your aging parents to regularly visit the
Senior Day Care Center.
Senior day care center: keep your aging parents active and independent. Postpone admissions to hospitals and nursing homes.
“Thank goodness they now have a senior day care center!” my neighbor was saying. “I don’t know what she would do without it!”
I knew who she was talking about. One of her friends has an aging father who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Every day she drops him off at the adult day care at her local community center so she can
- run errands,
- help with the grandchildren and even,
- some days, work a part-time job.
The adult day care option is perfect for him as long as he
- doesn’t need 24-hour supervision,
- is able to get around on his own in his wheelchair, and
- can still use the bathroom by himself.
His daughter knows he will enjoy getting the social company
he craves in a setting that is upbeat with activities
that interest him, as well as be served healthy meals
and a snack that meet his special dietary needs, by staff who will keep him safe.
Adult day care centers are a blessing for those
- whose elderly parent is mobile (even if they use a walker, cane or wheelchair),
- who can no longer plan their day, and
- who would be unsafe if left home by themselves.
It is helpful also for those who have hired a regular caregiver, since they sometimes need a break from their duties. They then use the time off to run errands or simply unwind, so they can return to their duties renewed and refreshed.
In either case, adult day care can be a real comfort to the children of aging parents to know there’s a temporary daytime option where their parent can be taken, as some places also offer transportation to and from the facility.
It’s easy enough to see the benefits that these centers have for the caregiver. You’d be just as pleased to learn of the good they do for the elderly who go there.
First, it allows them to be among other people who are their age and interest. Being apart from other elders for long can produce a loneliness that even a caregiver can’t fix.
Adult day care helps fulfill that need, with
- games like Bingo,
- musical entertainment,
- and sometimes outings.
One senior day care center in California even goes to area schools so its seniors can share their life stories with young children.
They also provide easy exercises and stretches they can still do, and keep their minds alive with reminiscing activities and ones that center around current events, movies, etc. Elder trivia games are also often played, along with arts and crafts that express their creativity.
You can rest assured, meanwhile, knowing that your elderly parent is being looked after by caring individuals who will keep them far safer than if they had been left home alone.
You can locate an adult day care center through your local senior or social health agency, the
Area Agency on Aging
, or by searching for one through various online resources. Some area churches also operate as an adult day care center during weekdays.
Depending on whether the center uses medically licensed staff, some medical insurance and long term care policies cover part of the expense of adult day care, and sometimes tax breaks are given to caregivers for their use, as well.
Some also offer on-site medical screenings, such as blood pressure and vision checks, counseling and caregiver support.
Wherever it is that you find a senior day care center, you are sure to find a safe, contented elderly senior, caring staff to watch over them. Somewhere off relaxing or running errands is their regular caregiver who is glad that they are there.
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