Adult day care is a planned program of supportive activities designed to promote well being for those who want to remain a part of the community but can no longer manage independently. Programs also offer a welcome respite for caregivers. They typically operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, in a safe and supportive environment.
You may want to consider adult day care centers if your family member is experiencing difficulty performing daily living activities, processing thoughts, recognizing familiar surroundings, dealing with memory problems, or if you feel uncomfortable leaving him or her alone for an extended period.
Sometimes, family members feel they are somehow “failing” or letting their loved ones down by opting for adult day care. In reality, this choice allows you to fulfill your work responsibilities if you work outside of the home or to take a break from the physical demands and stress of round-the-clock care and attention. In the long run, it may be a good choice for your own mental and physical well-being.
Think About Your Family Member’s Needs – and Your Own
In choosing an adult day care center, consider the available physical and occupational therapies, opportunities to socialize, health care monitoring and personal care services from which your family member may benefit. Keep in mind that some adult day care centers provide transportation to and from the center, services including counseling and support groups for caregivers, as well as services such as blood pressure monitoring.
How to Find Adult Day Care Services
You can ask for a recommendation from your health care provider. The American Brain Tumor Association can also help you locate convenient and local adult day care services. Call the ABTA CareLine at 800-886-ABTA (2282) for more information.