When it comes to long-term care, many seniors would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home under the supervision of friends and family. Acting as a family caregiver can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful. Adult day care programs and other respite care services allow full-time caregivers to take a short vacation without having to worry about the health and safety of their loved one.
Respite care services offer safety, structure and supervision for seniors while their primary caregiver is away. Overnight respite care is provided by residential facilities such as assisted living centers or nursing homes, while adult day services watch after seniors during working hours. Some day programs are able to arrange convenient transportation options, including residential pickup and drop-off services for seniors with limited mobility.
Adult day care programs keep seniors well fed, hydrated and engaged throughout the day while their caregiver works or tends to other personal needs. Compassionate staff members are on hand at all times to meet the basic custodial, personal and health needs of each senior under their care. Some facilities also offer more specialized medical services for patients with physical or cognitive impairments.
Structured social activities, classes and group outings are regularly organized by adult day programs to keep seniors both mentally and physically active as they age. Program participants can enjoy the company of their friends each day as they engage in arts, crafts, games, gardening and more. Many facilities also offer exercise classes to help keep seniors fit well into old age.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration maintains an active database of all adult day programs that are licensed and registered through the state. There are almost a dozen world-class facilities to choose from located in Tampa alone, including:
Abuelos Adult Day Care
Caring Heart Adult Day Care Center
Palm Terrace Assisted Living Facility & Adult Day Care Center
Sunshine Adult Day Care
The Oaks at Riverview Senior Center
Touching Hearts Adult Day Center
Tampa residents can find out more about local adult day care options and other senior services by calling the Florida Department of Elder Affairs helpline at 1-800-963-5337, or by reaching out to the Senior Connection Center, Tampa’s local Aging & Disability Resource Center, located at:
8928 Brittany Way,
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 740-3888
Email: [email protected]
Adult day care is one of the most cost-effective long-term care solutions for families with a loved one that needs full-time supervision. Tampa residents pay a daily median of just $57 for adult care services. Overnight respite care is often more expensive, with local assisted living facilities charging a daily median of $110 and home health services costing around $125 per day.
If your family is living on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive financial aid through the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program (SMMC LTC) to help pay for medically necessary respite care services. Those who have a long-term care insurance plan should speak with their agent to see which adult day care services are covered under their policy.
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