When should I consider using adult day care services?
It's usually challenging to admit you need help, especially if you've been a highly independent person used to caring for others all your life! And if you're the caregiver, it may be equally difficult to consider allowing "strangers" to care for your beloved family member. As with any service, the best time to start exploring what's available is before you actually need it. You should use adult day care when your loved one:
Caregivers can feel reluctant to use adult day care services because they seem unfamiliar, or because a loved one is hesitant to try something new. Members benefit greatly from socializing with others and receiving needed stimulation. Caregivers benefit by getting a break from caregiving duties while knowing that a loved one is in good hands.
- Can no longer structure his or her own daily activities
- Mental capacity is declining
- Is isolated and desires companionship
- Can't be safely left alone at home
- Lives with someone who works outside the home or who is frequently away from home for other reasons
- Sits in front of the TV with no physical stimulation, losing muscle tone, strength and balance
- Naps during the day due to lack of mental, social and physical stimulation affecting nightly sleep pattern
The adult day center setting offers stimulation and growth for members with impairments or in need of socialization, while providing respite for families and caregivers.
These overall goals are coupled with each member's individual plan of care to maintain an optimal level of physical and mental health.
- Promote the individual's maximum level of independence by using physical mental and social stimulation.
- Maintain the individual's present level of functioning as long as possible, preventing or delaying further deterioration.
- Restore and rehabilitate the individual to the highest possible level of functioning.
- Provide support, respite, and education for families and other caregivers.
- Foster socialization and peer interaction.
- Serve as an integral part of the community service network and the long-term care continuum.