If you are shopping around for an affordable substitute to in-home care, consider the use of an adult day care center in the Phoenix area. Your loved one can attend the center daily or only for respite care once a week. Seniors are provided with hot meals and snacks, and monitored for safety. The staff can remind your loved one about medication management and dehydration as well as assist with activities for daily living (ADLs).
Adult day centers operate similarly to children’s day care centers. You can take your loved one to the center for the day while you go to work or run errands. Most centers are open until 6PM or 7PM, Monday through Friday. Complimentary transportation may also be available to save you time from commuting to the center.
Adult day centers are more than just a place for socialization. You can find centers that provide medical rehabilitative services like occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Centers, like Suntree, offer specialized care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and seniors with other forms of dementia.
Your loved one does not have to attend the center five days a week. Respite care is available at many centers allowing you to take a day off or use the adult day center as a substitute if the regular caregiver is sick. The following is a list of services a typical adult day center may provide:
Respite care Toileting and incontinence care Grooming and hygienic care Social activities Arts and crafts Music therapy Concerts and plays Guest speakers Meals and snacks Exercise Games Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
There are close to a dozen adult day centers in Phoenix. You may want to locate a center near your home or arrange for transportation through the facility to pick up and drop off your loved one. The following are a few centers in the area:
Suntree on N. 20th Street John C. Lincoln Adult Day Care Center on E. Eva Street Sunflower Adult Day Care on W. Bell Road Colton Adult Care LLC on E. Acoma Drive
Your loved one’s physician, friends, and family may also offer recommendations based on their experience.
According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Arizona, the daily cost for an adult day care center is one-third the cost of a nursing home for a day. The median daily rate for an adult day center in the Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale area is $77.
You can contact the Arizona Department of Economics Security’s Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) to learn about assistance and services for seniors. You will need to make an appointment as most of the Phoenix offices do not accept walk-ins. Veterans may qualify for assistance through the VA and many long-term care policies will cover respite care depending on the circumstances.
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