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Adult Day Care

Adult day care is supervised care provided to adults in a community setting by caregiving professionals within a facility. Adult day care facilities include planned activities that enable seniors to socialize in a safe, protected environment. These facilities offer basic caregiving, provide meals, and may also cater to special physical and mental limitations. Adult day care centers are open during regular business hours Monday to Friday. Some facilities are open during the evenings and weekends. Seniors with early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s are good candidates for this type of care. Additionally, seniors who need companionship or cannot tend to themselves at home can also benefit.

Fast Facts on Adult Day Care
  • The average consumer rating for adult day care centers on SeniorAdvisor.com is 3.99 stars out of 5.00.
  • Adult day care facilities in Utah, New Jersey, and Illinois tend to be rated higher than the national average, whereas facilities in Maryland, North Carolina, and Connecticut tend to be rated lower.
  • The states with the most adult day care centers are California, Texas, and Florida. Source: SeniorAdvisor.com (September 2014)
How much does adult day care cost?

The cost of adult day care depends on the days and services needed, as well as the location of the facility. Some centers cater exclusively to adults with dementia and tend to have higher rates than other facilities that are more social in nature. Rates are typically charged by the day; some centers allow drop-ins for a higher fee. Adult day care facilities are predominantly private pay, though some companies provide employees with insurance benefits that help cover the cost of such care for immediate family members.

Here is some more information on the cost of adult day care, from the National Study of Adult Services:

  • The national average rate for adult day care services is $61 per day
  • Daily fees vary depending on the services that are needed
  • Adult day care centers operate on average 8-10 hours per day
  • Adult day care services are funded through: fees for service, third party payers, and philanthropic sources
What services are provided in adult day care centers?

Adult day care centers provide primary caregivers some rest and respite during the day while providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for the attendees. Providers offer an array of services that cater to this special senior demographic. The three main types of care provided in adult day care centers are: social, medical/health, and specialized. Social adult day care centers focus on activities, recreation, meals, and some basic care. Medical/health adult day care centers facilitate both social activities and more intensive health care. Specialized adult day care centers hone in on exact adult care needs such as dementia or specific disabilities.

Although the services may vary from one provider to the next, services that are offered may include:

  • Social activities
  • Transportation
  • Meal and diet preparation
  • Medication disbursement
  • Mobility assistance
  • Toileting and incontinence care
  • Respite care
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Exercise
  • Mental interaction

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