Many family members provide care to their senior loved ones so that they can age in their own homes. This can sometimes be stressful for the caregivers, especially if they have other jobs or responsibilities. Adult day care and respite care can offer some extra help to these caregivers by providing seniors with a place they can go during the day and get the care and supervision they need. Madison has a lot of options when it comes to adult day care and you can find everything you need to know here.
If you have never used one of these services before, you might wonder what they are like. Adult day care is a drop-off program that operates five days a week and offers full and half-day care options. They typically are only open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but there are a few that might offer a few weekend hours if necessary. These programs can take place in an assisted living facility, senior centers or communities, hospitals, and church basements.
You can choose how often you would like to go to adult day care by either attending all five days or every so often when you need extra help. There will be a nursing staff that can monitor the seniors and their condition and take care of everything from making sure they stay hydrated to handing out medication to taking care of bandages.
All state licensed facilities are required to provide seniors with a hot lunch and for full-day programs, many facilities also offer a breakfast and snacks during the day. There are plenty of social activities for seniors to take part in and they can be group activities like games or classes or there can be individual activities like arts and crafts. Some facilities will also plan day trips around the city for those that are able and mobile.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is in charge of rules, regulations, and licensing for adult day care facilities and you can find out more on their website.
One of the first things that you want to look at is the location of these programs. Make sure they are easy to get to so you can use them when you need them. Then make sure they meet the needs of your loved one as well as your schedule. A few places in Madison to start your search:
Catholic Charities Adult Day Center 2917 International Lane (608) 663-7117
East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging 4142 Monona Dr. (608) 223-3122
REM Wisconsin 2005 W. Beltline Hwy. (608) 327-5934
St. Mary’s Adult Day Health Center 2440 Atwood Ave. (608) 249-4450
Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers 932 N. Page St. (608) 266-8598
You can find more programs by searching the directory on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website as well as your loved one’s doctor or health care provider for recommendations.
The cost will vary from location to location and it will also depend on how often you use the day care services, but the average cost here in Madison is about $80. If you need care because of a medical or cognitive issue and you have long-term care insurance, check your policy because it could be covered. Medicaid and VA-benefits might also be helpful too and Wisconsin has a Community Options Program (COP) that could provide extra support for this kind of care.
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