Shalom and Happy New Year Amigos! Here's a little information I hope you'll find helpful:
When talking about day care centers most people think of places where parents take their little kids while they go to work; some folks may not be aware that there are also adult day care centers, where caregivers can take their adult loved ones while they work, run errands, or simply take a much needed break.
There are approximately 4,000 such places currently operating in the United States. In addition to providing the caregiver with some assistance, these centers can provide social interaction, health monitoring, and some even specialize in the care of Alzheimer's patients; you may need a doctor referral for this particular type of adult day care center.
Some of the benefits of a specialized adult day care center for an Alzheimer's patient include:
• Provide structure to their daily routine
• Help with eating, medication, hygiene, etc.
• Social interaction
• Some exercise, such as walking
• Music and pet therapy
• Field trips, when appropriate
• Games and group activities
• Birthday and holiday parties
Some of these facilities have bilingual staff and/or volunteers.
Please do not feel guilty if you're considering finding an adult health care center for your loved one. If you do your research and find one that matches their needs, the benefit for both of you could be amazing.
The cost varies by area, services offered, and amount of time spent there. If the facility is medically licensed or specialized in Alzheimer's care, Medicaid might cover some of the expense, as well as some long term care insurance policies. Also, adult day care centers are often less expensive than hiring a nurse, or moving your loved one to a nursing home.
Your doctor can provide recommendations on adult day care centers, or you may visit the National Adult Day Services Association's website at: www.nadsa.org. Other useful resources can be found by visiting the Alzheimer's Association website: www.alz.org, or by calling Leeza's Care Connection in Burbank, CA at 818-847-3686.
Hope 2017 brings you health, happiness, and many, many blessings!
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. is an actress, author and advocate for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
She lives in the Valley with her husband Neal, their 6 dogs, 4 2/4 cats, 3 birds, 1 turtle, and an itzy bitzy spider. Author's website Email the author