Whether you need to work outside of the home, or just need a break for the day, adult day care centers and respite care services in the New Orleans area can help. These services are available in stand-alone facilities or as a service provided by a nursing home to help seniors with activities of daily living (ADLs) like grooming, dressing, bathing, and toileting.
Plus, most adult day care centers create structured programs to keep your loved one entertained and engaged.
Adult day care centers and respite care programs not only help with ADLs with your loved one, but you can usually find several activities planned throughout the day or month at your local provider. These include meals and snacks, special events, field trips, exercises, games, arts and crafts, baking and cooking, and music therapy.
Some facilities provide assistance with transportation to help your loved one get to and from the center when you are not available. Specialized centers provide memory care and cognitive function activities to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients as well as offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy when ordered by the physician.
You can request a list of respite care providers and adult day care centers in the New Orleans area through the Office of Aging and Adult Services from the Louisiana Department of Health. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and online senior care directories also keep listings, ratings, and reviews of local providers.
Your family and friends are excellent sources of recommendations and may be able to give you an inside look at a particular center.
New Orleans residents will find that using respite care and adult day care services are far more affordable than the average stay in a nursing home or assisted living community. According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Louisiana, the average cost for a private room in a nursing home is $185 per day in the New Orleans and Metairie area.
An assisted living facility costs $124 per day on average in the area, however, adult day centers charge a median rate of $60 per day. Some centers offer discounts if your loved one is a regular participant or the center may charge a sliding scale fee based on your loved one’s income.
When it comes to covering the cost of respite care or adult day care services, speak to a senior care advisor or elder-law attorney about liquidating assets, applying for a reverse mortgage, or cashing out investments, such as long-term care insurance policies, retirement funds, or IRAs.
Veterans can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance pension to cover care from month-to-month.
Low-income seniors in New Orleans should consider applying for Louisiana Medicaid’s Adult Day Health Care Waiver through the Office of Aging and Adult Services. This waiver will cover adult day care services and respite care. You can contact the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities for more information at (225) 342-0095.
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