Ideally, most people would like to age at home with family caregivers. Fortunately, adult day care services can supply social time, hot meals, and health supervision for older adults when those caregivers need time to tend to their own needs or have to hold down a day job outside of the home. Also, working adult caregivers who do not want to leave a family member at home alone throughout the day can get peace of mind. Here is the lowdown on licensed adult day care services in Austin.
Adult day care is generally a drop-off program for retirees and other adults with needs that require daily care. Seniors can get rides to and from the program’s site, which may be in a community center, senior living facility, church hall, or other appropriate settings. Centers typically offer care during standard working hours from Monday through Friday. Some families may only need care when a caregiver is ill or on vacation or for just a couple of days per week. For others, five-days-per-week care is preferable.
Hot lunch is supplied by all licensed adult day services, and some also offer healthy snacks and breakfast. Throughout the day, nursing staff members ensure seniors stay hydrated, assist them with toileting and other personal needs, and oversee monitoring and medication schedules. Some day care centers offer programs designed for dementia patients.
Social activities can include adaptive exercise programs, outside time including gardening, field trips, board and card games, music therapy, and visits from friendly therapy animals. The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is in charge of licensing day activity and health services programs in the state.
In the city of Austin, there are over a dozen adult day programs. Plus, there are several others close by. You should begin your search for a day care center by looking close to your workplace or home. Based on where you live, the most convenient places may include:
Bona Terra right across the street from St. Edward’s University
Elderhaven Adult Day Care situated in Central Austin by Central Market
Brookdale North Austin located in The Domain not far from the Austin Aquarium
For more options, talk to your family member’s therapists, physician, or contact DADS at 855-937-2372.
The median daily cost of adult day care in the Austin area is $60, which is less than half the full-day rate for in-home help and about 60 percent less than the local daily rate for assisted living care. When it is required for cognitive or medical problems, long-term care policies generally cover respite care. Golden agers with limited finances may be eligible for Medicaid- or VA-approved programs. Medicaid-qualified seniors who need day services can also get state support from DADS.
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