Adult day care centers are an affordable option for senior care in Colorado Springs. Whether you work full-time or just need a break from caregiving, an adult day care center will provide your loved one with social activities, events, and assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs). The care can be mainly social, medical, and/or specialized to meet your loved one’s needs.
ADLs are not the only activities adult day care programs provide. The following is a list of services and activities offered:
Hot meals and snacks Medication reminders Nutrition counseling Occupational therapy Physical therapy Speech therapy Music therapy Arts and crafts Baking and cooking Games and movies Trips to museums and libraries Respite care Concerts and plays Guest speakers Social events Outdoor activities Adult day care centers can be located in freestanding buildings or as part of larger institutions, like hospitals, churches, schools, and community centers. Most are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6PM to accommodate working families. Ask friends and family for referrals for adult day care programs with weekend hours or a program open later if that fits your family’s needs better.
If your loved one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you will want to locate a specialized adult day care center that focuses on the cognitive functioning and mental stimulation of the participants. Ask your physician, therapist, or neurologist for recommendations.
When choosing an adult day care provider, consider the type of care your loved one requires and the facility’s location. You will want a center close to your home or workplace unless the program offers complimentary transportation.
The following is a list of adult day care centers in the Colorado Springs area:
North End Adult Day Center on N. Cascade Avenue Sterling Care Adult Day Services on N. Hancock Avenue Voyages on Garden of the Gods Road Journeys on Montebello Square Drive The Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging in Colorado Springs can provide you with a list of available services and assistance as well as respite care and counseling.
The cost of adult day care is lower than you may think. The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Colorado reports that the median daily rate for adult day care is $75. A nursing home stay is about three times as much.
Colorado Medicaid will cover adult day care, if your loved one is considered low-income, with the Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Waiver. Speak to a social worker at your local Medicaid office or apply online.
The VA provides the Aid and Attendance benefit to veterans and their spouses to help pay for senior care including adult day care. You can also consider cashing out a long-term care insurance policy to pay for the cost of care.
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