Friday, November 13, 2015

Long Term Care Options: Adult Day Care Centers

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Adult day care centers (ADCC) are non-residential facilities that provide social support and assistance in performing daily activities such as dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, continence and transferring for people who can’t perform them on their own. These centers are great help for people who want to grow old in the comforts of their homes.

Aside from providing long term care to adults, these centers also give seniors an opportunity to socialize and promote their overall wellbeing through interactive activities. Furthermore, they also offer relief to family caregivers, giving them the freedom to work or relax during day time.

 ADCC usually operate from 10-12 hours during daytime. They are often located in senior centers, churches, hospitals and nursing facilities. The following are some of the services they offer:

·       Counseling
·       Education
·       Evening care
·       Exercise
·       Health screening
·       Meals
·       Medical care
·       Physical therapy
·       Recreation
·       Respite care
·       Socialization
·       Supervision
·       Transportation
·       Medication Management

 How to choose an adult day care center?

Before signing up with an adult day care program, it is important to learn about the quality of care provided by the center. There is very little regulation imposed on ADCC so there’s a good chance that their services vary. Visit the centers near your area, talk with the staff and the families of seniors who are enrolled in the center and ask for feedback. If possible, choose a center that provides transportation services so you wouldn’t have to worry about coming to and from the center.
The costs of ADCC vary but according to the 2012 Costs of Care Survey commissioned by Genworth Financial, the average median cost in the US is $61 per day. Most long term care insurance policies cover ADCC services. 


If you are looking for an adult day care center in your area, the Eldercare Locator, a public service provided by the Administration on Aging, can help you. You may reach them at phone number 1-800-677-1116. For more information about your long term care options, visit http://www.altcp.org/.

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