Adult day services provide daytime care and support to seniors who cannot otherwise be alone. Centers offer full supervision during a regular routine of activities and programs. These services benefit their clients by providing social engagement and stimulating recreation, while also giving caregivers peace of mind while they are at work, or attending to life’s needs.
Most adult day services only operate on weekdays. They are generally flexible when it comes to frequency, allowing clients to come anywhere between once a week and every day.
Many of these centers are standalone, but some are branches off of a particular assisted living community. Some also offer accessible door-to-door transportation from home to the facility, and back at the end of the day.
Adult day services give their clients the mental and social stimulation they may not otherwise get at home. They provide meals and snacks during the day, along with regular routines and activities. These may include:
Staff will assist clients with tasks such as medication reminders and toileting as needed, but do not typically provide medical treatment. Some facilities do offer physical, speech, and occupational therapy, often from third-party providers.
Consider these statements below to determine if any of them describe your loved one:
If most or all of the above statements apply to you, then Adult Day Services may be a good option. You could also consider the following solutions:
If you or your loved one are in better health than these statements indicate, the following solutions may be a better fit:
If you or your loved one need more hands-on care, the following options may be a better fit for you:
Still not sure? Take our Care Assessment to see what care level may be best.
In the market for adult day services? Here are some questions to consider while picking out the right one:
Adult day services can be just the respite care solution that a fatigued caregiver needs. Centers are a good source of care for seniors who still maintain a moderate level of functionality, but still need care at all times. They offer a new setting for their clients to enjoy, in addition to a fresh dose of social interaction. Other benefits include:
Centers generally offer a lot of flexibility in the amount of hours or days per week (within business hours) they can serve clients.
Adult day services tend to be a lower cost solution to care. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the National Daily Median cost of Adult Day Care in the United States is $80 a day. However, you can expect to see prices generally range from $45 a day to $120 a day, depending on factors such as location and services provided. Long-Term Care policies can be a good funding source, in addition to private funds. Medicare doesn’t usually cover the costs, but financial assistance may be available through Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, and state agencies.