Adult day care and respite care can be helpful options for seniors that want to be able to stay at home and receive care from a family member who might also have a full-time job. These programs allow the caregiver to leave their loved one under the supervision of trained professionals without worrying that they will be alone all day. It’s also a fairly affordable option and works well for seniors who can’t afford in-home health aides. Let’s take a look at these services here in Cincinnati.
Adult day care is a drop-off program that operates five days a week, Monday through Friday. They can offer full-day care (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or half-day care either in the morning or afternoon depending on what works best for your schedule. They are also located in various places around your city like senior centers, hospitals, assisted living communities, churches, and some have their own building.
You can also find day care programs that tailor to the needs of each senior like programs for those with Alzheimer’s or cancer. Most programs will have a nursing staff that will oversee the health and wellbeing of each senior during the day and will monitor vital signs if necessary, hand out medication when it’s needed, and even check wounds or change bandages. The state of Ohio doesn’t license adult day care programs, but these services do follow a certain set of standards and ethics created by the National Adult Day Services Association.
Many programs, especially full-day ones, will offer at least one meal and snacks throughout the day and you have the option to bring food with you as well. There are also activities planned for each day and seniors can participate in things like bingo, card games, exercise, gardening, visits with therapy dogs, or arts and crafts. Some programs will also plan field trips for those that are able or have groups come to the facility to perform.
There are a few programs in Cincinnati that you can use for adult day care services and more in the surrounding cities and neighborhoods. It’s a good idea to look for places that are easy to get to and close to your place of work or home. These are just a few to get your search started:
Active Day Ohio, Inc. 9280 Plainfield Rd. (513) 984-8000
Edenview 2260 Park Ave. (513) 961-3336
Caring Hearts Adult Daycare 1208 W. Galbraith Rd. (513) 894-3900
Eldermount Adult Day Program 401 Farrell Ct. (513) 347-5440
Day Share Senior Services 5915 Glenway Ave. (513) 451-1100
You can find more Cincinnati programs through the Council on Aging website or talk to friends and family for suggestions or get a recommendation from your loved one’s doctor.
Adult day care costs an average of $55 per day here in Cincinnati and is a more affordable option than an in-home health aide, which could cost $138 per day. Seniors with Medicaid might be able to use their benefits to cover the cost of services and Ohio has a variety of support options to help low-income seniors get the care they need. A long-term insurance policy might cover costs, but only if care is needed for medical or cognitive issues.
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