Sometimes it is unavoidable. Your regular caregiver is sick or you desperately need a day away. An adult day care center provides services to your loved one in a social atmosphere. You can find more than a dozen centers in the Fort Worth, Dallas, and Arlington area.
Senior adult day care programs operate on a daily basis, typically Monday through Friday, and are open from 8AM or 9AM until somewhere between 5PM and 7PM. The hours vary depending on location, however, most are open to accommodate the seniors’ families.
These centers can provide service to your loved one five days a week or only for respite care when you need it. The center may be a stand-alone facility or reside in a school, church, or community center. You can expect your loved one to receive meals, medication reminders, activities from a structured program, and any assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs) like toileting and dressing.
Adult day centers can cater to the social seniors, but also keep a medical emphasis. Some centers are specialized to Alzheimer’s patients or seniors suffering from other forms of dementia.
The activities found at adult day centers across the state include:
Arts and crafts Social events Concerts Meal preparation Toileting and incontinence care Respite care Exercise Board games, card games, etc. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy Guest speakers
Fort Worth offers several adult day care centers in the area. You can locate a center near your home or workplace to make the trip convenient. Some centers offer transportation and will pick up and drop off your loved one at a scheduled time. You can also find centers that are not only social, but specialized, like the James L. West Alzheimer’s Center on Summit Avenue.
Other adult day care center options include:
Heritage East Adult Daycare Center on S. Beach Street Northside Adult Daycare on Clinton Avenue Arlington Adult Day Health Care on Roosevelt Drive Golden Choice on Hardeman Street
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) can assist you in finding other adult day care centers. Ask for recommendations from your friends, family, and coworkers as well.
Adult day care rates in the Fort Worth, Dallas, and Arlington area are less expensive than the median daily rates for nursing home care. The average daily rate for a full day at an adult day care center in Fort Worth is $68, while the daily rate for a nursing home is $215 for a private room, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Texas.
Low-income seniors may be eligible for Texas Medicaid or other programs offered by the center, such as fees based on a sliding scale. Veterans within a certain income limit may qualify for VA Aid and Attendance. You can also check with your loved one’s long-term care insurance policy to see if adult day care is covered in their circumstance.
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