The City of Aurora and the surrounding areas offer Colorado seniors with a safe and secure alternative to in-home care or full-time care at a nursing home with adult day care centers and respite care services.
Whether your loved one simply needs activities to keep them engaged throughout the day or help with activities of daily living (ADLs), respite care services can help.
The most common activities usually planned at adult day care centers focus on wellbeing and social engagement. These include arts and crafts, baking and cooking, meals and snacks, field trips, social events and activities, music therapy, exercise, games, and movies. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy may also be available at the facility with physician’s orders.
The staff can also assist your loved one with ADLs, like medication reminders, grooming, bathing, dressing, and feeding. Aging seniors with memory conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can use specialized memory care providers for respite care. These facilities provide cognitive therapy in a safe and secure environment.
Many providers also offer transportation assistance to ensure your loved one makes it to and from the center safely.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center through the Denver Regional Council of Governments can provide you with referrals to adult day care centers and respite care services in the Aurora area. You can also check online at senior care directories and the Better Business Bureau for local listings, ratings, and reviews.
Using adult day care or respite care is a better economic alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility stay if your loved one only needs care a few times per week. Most centers are open Monday through Friday with a median daily rate of $67 in the Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood areas, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Colorado.
The cost for care is far higher in a nursing home at $283 per day for a private room on average. The median daily rate at an assisted living community is $142.
Although the cost is lower for adult day care and respite care, you can still apply for assistance for your loved one through various programs. Some centers offer discounts to regular participants or provide a sliding scale rate based on income.
The VA Aid and Attendance pension are available to veterans and their surviving spouses to cover respite care on a monthly basis.
The Colorado Medicaid Program offers 12 Medicaid Waiver Programs, including the HCBS Waiver for Persons who are Elderly, Blind, and Disabled (HCBS-EBD). There is a waiting list for waiver programs, however, the Family Voices Colorado organization can offer assistance during the waiting period. To learn more, you can call (303)866-7450.
Other alternatives to covering the cost of care include long-term care insurance policies, retirement accounts, savings accounts, IRAs, or using a reverse mortgage.
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