Caregivers who take care of a family member or loved while also maintaining a full-time job also need reprieve. Adult day care and respite care services can provide seniors with the care and supervision they need while allowing their caregiver to go to work, run errands or even just take a short break. These programs provide physical, medical, and social care for seniors and often at a fairly affordable price. You have plenty of options in Minneapolis, so let’s take a look at what the city has to offer.
Adult day care is a drop-off program that can run for a full 10-hour day or a half-day if that works better. It is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, and generally operates between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. There are various locations that an adult day care can take place such as senior centers, assisted living communities, hospitals or churches. You can choose how many times a week you would like to get care whether you want the full five days or one day.
Nursing staff will be on hand at all times to handle the medical care of all the seniors in the program. They can take care of things like dispensing medication, monitoring conditions like diabetes, taking vital signs, and overall maintaining the health of the seniors. The nurses will also be able to handle any emergencies that pop up.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services handles all licensing for adult day services and state licensed programs have to follow a set standard of rules. This includes providing a hot and nutritious lunch for the seniors and some places might also offer a breakfast or snacks. There will also be social activities for the seniors in daycare and this can cover a wide variety of options. Board games, card games, cooking classes, arts and crafts, gardening, and exercise groups are all available at many locations. You can even find some programs that plan field trips around the city.
There are dozens of adult day care programs all throughout Minneapolis and more in surrounding neighborhoods. You should try to find a program that is near your home or workplace so you can have a convenient place to drop-off and pick-up your family member. A few places where you could start your search:
Gedi Adult Daycare 312 West Lake St. (612) 701-0670
Catholic Eldercare By Day 817 Main Street Northeast (612) 362-2405
Mount Olivet Senior Services 5601 Lyndale Ave. South (612) 861-3305
Walker Senior Club Adult Day Services 3737 Bryant Ave. South (612) 827-8608
Ebenezer Adult Day Program 2545 Portland Ave. South (612) 879-1499
Here in Minneapolis, the average daily cost of adult day care is around $80 and even though that seems like a lot, remember that number can vary from place to place and will depend on how often you use the program. If you have long-term insurance and you need daycare because of a medical or cognitive problem, the cost could be covered. Medicaid and VA-benefits are also another way to cover cost and Minnesota also has a program called Minnesota Supplemental Aid for seniors that might be able to help with payments.
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