The ability to get care at home from a family member is something that most seniors would prefer over living in a nursing home or assisted living facility. This can be difficult though when your caregiver also has a full-time job on top of their caregiving duties. Adult day care and respite care can be a way to help busy caregivers and seniors who need supervision during the day. These programs can provide meals, activities, and medical care all in one place and there are plenty of options and resources here in Denver.
While there will be some variation from program to program, most adult day care services follow a similar model. Caregivers can drop seniors off in the morning on the way to work or while running errands, and pick them up at the end of the day. Most programs run five days a week, Monday through Friday, except on major holidays and you might be able to find a program that will offer a few weekend hours as well. Many programs take place in senior centers, community centers, hospitals, and a few even operate out of churches or other religious buildings.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is in charge of licensing for these programs and makes sure they follow certain rules and regulations. One rule is that there must be a hot lunch provided and some programs will also have breakfast or snacks throughout the day. Nurses on staff will make sure that all medical needs are met and if any senior has a condition, like diabetes or heart disease, that requires monitoring throughout the day they will provide that as well. You can also find programs that are created specifically for certain conditions like dementia or other cognitive issues.
Seniors will also get a chance to socialize and take part in any number of activities during their visit. There are things like arts and crafts, group games like bingo, classes like cooking or gardening, and even exercises that are age appropriate. Most facilities will also try to schedule some form of entertainment whether that is a field trip or a local performing group.
It’s important to find the right program that works for your schedule and the needs of your loved one. You can talk to their doctors for recommendations or ask friends and family about places they have used in the past. A few options here in Denver are:
Aspen Adult Day Care 8810 E. Hampden Ave. (303) 320-0048
Worldwide Adult Day Care 10890 E. Dartmouth (303) 815-6285
Lana Adult Day Care 7808 E. Cherry Creek S. Drive (720) 309-3953
Morning Star Senior Day Program 1016 Boston St. (303) 326-8320
Rocky Mountain Adult Day Care 2200 S. Jasmine St. (303) 691-2373
You can also check with the facility directory on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.
In Denver, the median daily cost of adult day care is $65 which is a better savings when you compare it to the daily cost of an in-home health aide at $150. If you’re on Medicaid or have VA-benefits, you might be able to have some of the cost of your care covered. Colorado also has extra support for the elderly, blind, and disabled when it comes to adult day services. You can also look at your long-term insurance policy if you have one because it might cover the cost of adult day care services.
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