Learn the benefits of senior day care centers to help prevent caregiver burnout. Seniorly explores the different levels of services that are provided.
Time off from caregiving is important to maintain your physical and emotional health. Family and friends may be able to help, but formal adult day care is another way to manage the stress of caregiving. Adult day care gives you time for yourself, an opportunity to get together with friends, the ability to keep working, or a chance to finish household chores and errands during some much-needed time off. It's this type of help that caregivers most often request, and yet they often put off using it for too long. Taking advantage of this early in the caregiving process can reduce or delay the negative effects of stress and help your well-being.
Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is the term used to describe adult day care programs that provide the care to the recipient as well as social time and activities as well as a break for the caregiver. These programs can also offer health services, and supervised care during the day,
Research on adult day care programs for older adults with dementia have found improvements in the health and well-being of both the caregiver and care recipient. Most participants attend programs for full days and about half attend five days a week.
Just like choosing a senior housing community, adult day care programs vary. It’s important to do some research and visit programs to find one that is the best fit for you and your loved one.
Once you have decided what level of care your loved one requires it is then time to look into the centers. Available senior day services may vary by location and needs. There are three main types of centers available:
If you think that an adult day care program would be a good option for you and your loved one seek more information through the National Respite Network and Resource Center or your local Area Agency on Aging. These programs can help you find adult day care programs in your community, whether you need support for one day or a few weeks long.
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