Thousands of housebound Kentucky seniors rely on friends and family to provide consistent, affordable care at home. Caregiving responsibilities can place a strain on family members who work a 9 to 5 job, care for children, or who simply have an unpredictable schedule. Adult day care programs and respite services offer temporary relief for senior caregivers who can’t leave their loved one at home unsupervised.
Residential respite care allows family caregivers to take a short vacation, leaving their loved one in the hands of skilled assisted living or nursing care staff for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Adult day programs, on the other hand, only offer care during business hours and, sometimes, evening hours. While this may not be ideal for a vacationing family, caregivers who have to work during the day often find adult day programs to be a lifesaver. Some programs even offer transportation options for families that are unable to pick up or drop off their loved one.
If you enroll your elderly relative in an adult day program, you can rest easy knowing that he or she is in skilled hands. Experienced staff members provide custodial care and health services as needed, including help with bathing, grooming, and toileting and eating. Some facilities also offer additional services for seniors with more complex care needs, such on-site physical therapy, dementia counseling services, and more.
Adult day programs are not only designed to provide relief for caregivers, but also to provide seniors with social and recreational opportunities during the day. Many programs arrange scheduled entertainment, activities and local outings to keep seniors feeling fit and active.
Fifteen conveniently located Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living are spread throughout Kentucky to serve the state’s significant senior population. Louisville residents can turn to the KIPDA Area Agency for questions about senior health services and medical providers in Jefferson County by calling or visiting:
11520 Commonwealth Drive Louisville, Kentucky 40299 Phone: (502) 266-5571
If you are a caregiver who is looking for respite services within your neighborhood, a KIPDA Agency representative can refer you to nearby senior centers that offer the care that your loved one needs. Jefferson County is home to more than two-dozen senior centers, including five centers in Louisville that offer comprehensive adult day care services:
The Elder Serve Senior Center at Oak and Acorn Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center Fern Creek Highway United Ministries Highland Community Ministries Senior Services South Louisville Community Ministries Adult Day Center
Louisville residents pay less for adult day care than for residential respite care services. Local assisted living communities and home health agencies both cost a median of around $127 per day, while adult day health programs charge Louisville families a median of just $66 per day.
If you think that you or a loved one will need full-time care in the future, you may want to look into taking out a long-term care insurance plan. Speak with an agent to find out which policies offer to cover adult day care and respite care services. Seniors that meet Medicaid’s strict financial criteria may be able to cover the cost of adult day health services through the Kentucky Home and Community Based (HCB) Medicaid Waiver Program for the aged and disabled.
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