More and more seniors want to be able to age in their own homes instead of living in a nursing facility or an assisted living community. There are many in-home health options that can help but there are times that caregivers or family members need a little extra help. Adult day care and respite programs can provide care when no one else can and offer peace of mind to caregivers who have jobs during the day, but still need someone to watch their loved ones. There are plenty of options in Houston and here is what you need to know.
Adult day care is a drop-off program that allows seniors a place to stay while their caregiver is away or working at another job. They are often open during the workweek Monday through Friday during work hours, typically 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you can choose the amount of days that work best for you and your family. Most programs do not operate on major holidays but there are a few care programs that will offer a few weekend hours as well if it’s needed.
Programs can be in a variety of settings such as in hospitals, senior centers, community centers, or at churches. There will be at least one nurse on staff that can oversee any medical care that might be needed. This can include dispensing medication, taking vital signs, and replacing bandages or caring for wounds. All state licensed programs will also provide the seniors with a hot lunch and in many cases breakfast as well as healthy snacks.
Besides medical supervision, adult day care programs provide social interaction and activities. Seniors can do things like play board games or groups games like bingo. There might be live entertainment from a local group or visits from school groups and therapy dogs. Seniors can also have the chance to take part in arts and crafts, gardening, cooking, and senior-specific exercise classes as well as spend time with their peers and friends. If needed, you can find programs that are tailored to certain conditions like cancer or dementia so seniors receive the appropriate care and activities.
In Texas, the Department of Aging and Disability Services takes care of all licensing for adult day care programs. There are dozens of adult day care programs throughout Houston and you can find one that is close to either your home or your workplace, whichever is more convenient for you:
A Better Quality Of Life Adult Day Care 4702 Ireland Street (832) 692-6766
Adult Town Day Care 4450 S. Wayside St. 105 (713) 645-2300
Building And Restoring Hope Restoration Place 12805 Cullen Blvd. (832) 577-4984
Lac Hong Adult Day Care Center 6628 Wilcrest Dr. (281) 776-9955
Old Yale Adult Day Care 4414 Old Yale (713) 695-6100
All of these places are licensed by DADS and you can see how each one compares and if they have any complaints or violations on their records. You can also talk to friends and family as well as get recommendations from doctors or other health care providers.
In the Houston area, the average cost for adult day care services is around $60. This ends up being a less expensive option for care and you don’t have to use it every single day if it isn’t needed. Long-term care policies will often cover the cost of daycare if it is needed for a medical or cognitive condition. Low-income seniors can also apply for Medicaid or VA benefits, which could help cover the cost. DADS also offers financial support for seniors on Medicaid who might not be able to afford daycare on their own.
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