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Adult Day Care Centers

  • Published: 2009-01-02 (Revised/Updated 2010-07-08) : Melissa Peterman.
  • Synopsis: Adult day care centers provide a variety of classes from swimming to painting, music and yoga.

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Several baby boomers who have aging parents are often concerned their parents are in danger in their own homes. Not because their homes are unsafe, but because their aging parents are not as alert or are handicapped in some way that doesn't allow them to live without aid.

Besides medication or therapy, seniors need other services. For example, hair cuts, laundry, grocery shopping and cooking are all necessary needs that mobile and able-bodied seniors can get assistance if they need it. But seniors who do not drive or can't walk can't always get the services they need and most often services can come to them. What about entertainment, social gatherings or self improvement options? That is where adult day care comes in and creates a community and provides more than just prescriptions to aging seniors.

Adult day care centers provide a variety of classes from swimming to painting, music and yoga. They usually provide lunch or other meals, an activity area to read, play games or use the Internet. For children whose senior parents live with them, adult day care provides a safe place for their parents to stay while they are at work. It is often a concern for children of seniors to wonder how their parents will be okay if they are left alone. Will they remember to turn off the stove? What if they fall? Adult day care gives them the option to drop their parents off at a safe place and know that besides great services, it's a way for their parents to be social too.

Activities You Would Find at an Adult Day Care Center

Bingo
Pool tables
Shuffleboard
Board games
Aquatic center
Cafeteria
Classrooms for a variety of classes

Caregivers and nurses are on staff to offer blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and provide medication.

Baby boomers with aging parents want their parents to stay active as well as safe and adult day care centers provide both a safe environment with nurses on call as well as a place that encourages seniors to be both mentally and physically active.

Adult day care centers are often used for other community needs after adult day care is over for the day such as theater performances, city council meetings, special events and church groups or extra curricular activities.

Adult day care is usually very affordable depending on the types of services they offer. More specialized services like physical therapy, advance medical care or other specialized services will cost more. With all the benefits that most adult day cares offer sometimes there is a two to three years waiting list to get in.

Reference: Melissa Peterman is a web content specialist for Innuity - www.greatplacesinc.com/features/AdultDayCare.aspx

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