Adult day care centers are becoming more popular with Baby Boomers as an alternative to in-home care and nursing home care. The affordable programs provide social events and engaging activities to keep your loved one active and healthy.
The majority of Milwaukee adult day care centers are open from 8AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday. They can be housed in a freestanding facility or within a community center, church, school, or hospital.
Your loved one’s condition will determine the type of care needed. Centers focus on social, medical, and/or specialized care. You can expect your loved one to receive assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs) like dressing, grooming, and toileting. Some centers offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
The following is a list of services and activities provided by adult day care centers:
Arts and crafts
Baking and cooking
Concerts and plays
Hot meals and snacks
Trips to museums and libraries
If your loved one requires specialized care due to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association provides referrals to adult day care programs that focus on cognitive functioning and mental stimulation in a secure environment. Some centers offer complimentary transportation to and from the program, especially for seniors requiring more hands-on help.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services sponsors the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC). This resource provides a list of services including local centers and respite care.
In Milwaukee, you can find close to a dozen adult day care centers. The following is a list of adult day care programs in the city:
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care on E. Morgan Avenue
MCFI Older Adult Day Center on W. Wells Street
Easter Seals Southeast Adult Day Center on W. Center Street
Lakefield Adult Day Center on Lakefield Road
Aurora Medical Center on Sell Drive
Your friends, family, and coworkers can be an excellent source of referrals for other adult day care programs in and around Milwaukee.
According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Wisconsin, adult day care center rates are much lower than other types of senior care. In the Milwaukee, Waukesha, and West Allis areas, the daily median rate for an adult day care center is $65. Compare that with a nursing home stay in a private room for $333 or an assisted living facility for $135 per day. Even in-home care for the day averages $184.
Compare costs of various adult day care centers before choosing one. The VA and Wisconsin’s Medicaid program offer programs for veterans and low-income residents, respectively. A long-term care insurance policy will cover adult day care if your loved one bought the policy.
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