Aging seniors in the St. Paul area needing assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), or just looking to socialize with other seniors will find plenty of adult day care and respite care services without having to move out of their homes.
Respite care programs are usually offered through residential care facilities or nursing homes while adult day care centers may be part of a hospital or in a stand-alone facility. Both offer the same type of activities, including assistance with ADLs like medication reminders, bathing, feeding, dressing, and toileting.
Structured programs and therapy availability make adult day care centers and respite care both a beneficial and affordable alternative to in-home care. This can include physical, occupational, and speech therapy or specialized cognitive and memory care for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patients.
A few of the common services and activities you will find at adult day care centers include:
Assistance with ADLs
Meals and snacks
Medication reminders and assistance
Arts and crafts
Baking and cooking
Exercises and yoga
Field trips and outings
Social events and programs
Respite Care Providers in St. Paul
You can contact the Minnesota Board on Aging for referrals to adult day care centers and respite care services in the St. Paul area.
According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Minnesota, respite care and adult day care services cost far less than a typical stay in a nursing home or assisted living facility in the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Bloomington areas. The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is $260 per day. The median rate at an assisted living facility is $128 per day. If your loved one stays full-time at an assisted living community, the cost could easily reach more than $3,800 per month.
The cost for an adult day care center is far more affordable. The daily median rate reported in the St. Paul area is $81. As most centers are open Monday through Friday, your loved one can attend throughout the week for as little as $405. Ask the center about discounts for regular participants or a sliding scale rate based on income to save even more.
The Minnesota Medicaid Program offers an Elderly Waiver to cover the cost of adult day care and respite care through Developmental Disability Services. You will need to call (651)554-5611 for your loved one to receive a Medical Assistance application.
The VA Aid and Attendance pension will cover long-term, adult day care, and respite care for veterans and their surviving spouses through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
You can also consult an elder law attorney about long-term care insurance policies, IRAs, retirement accounts, reverse mortgages, and other alternatives to help pay for the cost of respite care.
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