Adult Day Care for Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s
No matter how great a caregiver you are for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you will eventually need a break. Adult Day Care is a great option. These programs offer safe places for older adults to socialize, join in activities, and get medical or services if they need them. Many centers serve a broad range of clients, while others focus on specific disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Some centers offer only adult day-care services, but you can also find programs at another type of care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted-living residence.
- Memory Training Services
- Social activities and programs designed to meet the needs of someone with dementia/Alzheimer’s
- Support, and help with personal care like bathing, eating, dressing, and grooming
- Medical services from health care professionals, including registered nurses and therapists
How to Choose a Day Care
Find the centers that offer adult day care in your area. Local churches and senior centers may have a list of nearby programs. You can also check with assisted-living facilities and nursing homes.
Find out about the center’s application process, who they serve, and take a look at sample menus and activity calendars.
Once you’ve done some basic research, there are a few things to consider:
- How long the program has been open
- Who owns or sponsors it
- When they’re open
- How much does it cost?
- Will insurance cover it?
- If they offer transportation to and from the center
The best way to know what a day care is like is to see it in person. Schedule a tour of the center for yourself and your loved one. Some things to keep in mind as you visit:
- Is the staff friendly?
- Does the center look and smell clean?
- Is there a place for people to go when they’re sick?
- What kind of licensing or credentials do the staff have?
- Do volunteers help out?
- What is the staff-to-client ratio? (Six clients per staff member is good).
- Can you look at a list of references?
Kemper House offers Adult Day Care seven days a week at all four locations: Strongsville, Olmsted Falls, Mentor, and Highland Heights. Call (440) 580-4664 for more information.