If you’re a senior who is cared for by a family member or loved one that also has a full-time job or other responsibilities, it can be hard to make sure you have care at all times. This is where adult day care and respite care services can come in handy. If your caregiver has to be gone during the day for work, adult day care programs give you a place to go where you can be supervised as well as socialize with other adults your age. You have plenty of options in San Antonio, so let’s take a look at what’s available here.
Adult day care is a drop-off program that allows caregivers to take their loved ones to a facility that will provide a meal, activities, and care while they are away. Most operate five days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you usually have the choice of full-day or half-day care. Programs can take place in a variety of settings and there are many located in convenient places like senior centers, community centers, assisted living facilities, or hospitals.
Nurses on staff will provide all of the medical care and monitoring that the seniors need. They can hand out medication, take vital signs, check on certain conditions like diabetes or heart conditions, and make sure that all the seniors are hydrated and cared for. You can also find day care programs that are tailored to certain conditions like cancer or dementia.
All programs that are licensed by the state must provide each senior with a hot, nutritious lunch but there are programs that will add breakfast and snacks to the menu as well. While at daycare, seniors will have the opportunity to take part in social activities that can range from card games to various classes (cooking, gardening, exercise, etc.) to entertainment from local groups or therapy dogs. They might also have the chance to go on field trips or daily outings.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is in charge of all licensing and regulation for adult day care. You can find numerous programs throughout the San Antonio area, but you should start searching for places that are convenient to your location. Here are a few to start your search:
Agape Adult Day Care 1414 Fredricksburg Rd. (210) 733-1139
Sterling Adult Day Care 4252 Thousand Oaks (210) 656-4772
Mother Earth Adult Daycare Center 8464 Barron Rd. (210) 691-1778
Kirby Adult Day Care 5135 Old Seguin Rd. (210) 310-1602
Grace Place Alzheimer’s Activity Centers 13420 Nacogdoches Rd. (210) 599-7405
You can also ask your doctor for recommendations, talk to friends and family for suggestions, and visit DADS website to search more programs in the area.
Adult day care services in San Antonio are actually one of the most affordable options for long-term care. The average daily cost is $35 and when compared to the average cost of in-home health aides ($116) that is a fairly good deal. If you have a long-term care policy, you can use that to cover some of your costs. Medicaid and VA-benefits are also a good option and you can find even more financial support through DADS and their supplement program.
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