When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it can be a bit overwhelming making sure they get the care they need while taking care of your own needs. Thankfully, when you work during the day and need care for your family member, adult day care can be a big help. Respite care gives family caregivers a break as well as peace of mind by providing care and supervision for retirees. Oakland is home to a wide variety of adult day care services and resources to help you choose the right place.
What does adult day care offer? Most day care for adults is provided in senior living facilities, hospitals, senior centers, or other appropriate settings. These facilities are generally open Mondays through Fridays (except on holidays), and care is administered during normal working hours. There are limited programs that are available on the weekend or that offer extended hours.
To make sure their medical needs are met, nursing staff members oversee all of the adult day care attendees. Their duties include ensuring vital signs are taken and other health concerns are attended to, keeping seniors hydrated, and passing out medications on schedule. There are also facilities out there that specialize in helping retirees with cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other specific conditions.
You can expect to get nutritious and hot lunches and may also get snacks and breakfast when you pick a licensed center. Seniors can also enjoy a wide array of activities throughout the day. Some of the group activities include arts and crafts, games, and classes. Local groups also come in to entertain the golden agers, and there are occasional day trips to local sites. The California Department of Public Health handles all of the certification and licensing for adult day care in the state.
Many places throughout Oakland offer adult daycares that will meet your needs. Start your search with programs close to your home or place of employment to facilitate easy drop-off and pick up. Here are some potential alternatives:
Hong Fook ADHC Center has locations on 14th Street and Harrison Street
Henry & Henry Adult Day Care is near the Laurel and Fruitvale neighborhoods
Berkeley Adult Day Health Center found in nearby South Berkeley
North & South Market Adult Day Health Program in Southeast San Francisco
BACS Adult Day Care Service in the North part of town
The median cost for adult day health care in the East Bay area is about $79 per day. This is less than the daily rate for a room in an assisted living facility and nearly half the price of a full day of in-home care. If you need help paying for respite care, you should check your Medicaid or VA benefits. Additionally, long-term care policies may cover the costs when the care is deemed necessary for medical or cognitive issues.
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