Adult day care programs help thousands of families living across Virginia to manage the challenges of looking after a senior relative. Adult day health services, along with other respite care options, allow caregivers to take some much needed time off at times without having to worry about leaving their loved ones home alone.
Some assisted living facilities and nursing homes offer overnight respite care services that provide temporary relief lasting from several days to several weeks. Adult day care programs, on the other hand, typically only operate during the workday or early evening. Most programs are open during business hours, allowing full-time caregivers to hold down a 9 to 5 job, while some offer additional weekend hours. Caregivers that are unable to provide transportation can look into local adult day programs that offer pickup and drop-off services.
Every adult day care program is unique, offering different services and amenities. While all facilities are able to meet basic custodial care and health needs, some offer additional services such as wheelchair accessibility, on-site therapy, disability counseling and more. Adult day programs also provide nutritionally balanced meals for senior residents each day.
Adult day care is not only beneficial for family caregivers, but also their loved ones. Seniors can socialize with friends and participate in organized group activities that keep their minds sharp and their bodies active. Facilities arrange daily group activities that range from crafts and card games to pet and music therapy sessions.
Adult day care centers are licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). There are six facilities that serve families living throughout the Richmond area:
Adult Day Center of Virginia in Southwest Richmond Riverside Senior Care Center in the Manchester area South Richmond Adult Day Care Center in North Manchester Central Adult Day Care in Downtown Richmond Seniors 1st Choice in Northeast Richmond VCU Health System Adult Day Integrational Center
You can use the convenient online VDSS search tool to find out more about the adult day care center located closest to you, including the facility’s business hours, patient capacity and inspection history. Richmond families can also call or visit the main VDSS office at:
801 E. Main Street Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: (804) 726-7000 TTY: (800) 828-1120
Keeping up with your monthly medical bills isn't always easy. Respite care in an assisted living facility costs Richmond residents a median of $111 per day, which is on par with the cost of hiring a local home health aide. Adult day care is a less expensive option for family caregivers seeking temporary relief, costing a median of $65 per day.
Many long-term care insurance policies offer to help cover the cost of respite services for physically or cognitively disabled individuals. The federal government also helps qualifying low-income seniors and their families to afford respite care services through the Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Medicaid waiver, which is administered by the state Department of Medical Assistance Services.
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