Whether you are looking for an adult day center for full-time care or respite care, Tucson offers specialized centers to meet your loved one’s needs. From New Challenge Day Center, that offers structured programs to the Alzheimer’s care at Senior Moments Adult Day Care, you can find the perfect fit.
Adult day centers are affordable solutions to caregiving and respite care. Your loved one can attend a center only when necessary (like a sick caregiver) or on a daily basis. Most centers’ operating hours mirror average office hours and are open 8AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday. These hours will vary depending on the facility and location within Tucson.
Day centers can be found in stand-alone buildings or part of an organization, like a school or church. Community centers may host adult day centers with special guests, social events and activities, concerts, and plays. Adult day centers offer seniors a safe place to socialize and engage in arts and crafts, games, exercise, and music therapy.
Some centers take a medical approach and offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The staff will help your loved one with activities for daily living (ADLs) including toileting and incontinence care, grooming, hygiene, and meal preparation.
Centers, like Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Adult Day Care Center on N. Rosemont Boulevard, provide Alzheimer’s disease patients with the intensive care they need in a safe and secure environment.
There are a few adult day centers in Tucson you can try. Adult day centers can be social-focused or medical-focused. You can get referrals from your loved one’s therapist, doctor, family, and friends to get a better idea of what to expect from a center. The following are a sampling of centers in the area:
New Challenge Day Center at 3230 S. Dodge Boulevard
Highland Hills Adult Care at 2828 W. Goldfield Drive
The median daily rate for a stay in a nursing home for respite care is about three times as much as an adult day care center. In Tucson, the average rate per day is $79 for an adult day center, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) with offices in Tucson. You will need to call to make an appointment. Most of the offices do not accept walk-ins. You can contact the Region II Area Agency on Aging at (520) 790-7262. DAAS can help you find and apply for services and other forms of assistance.
Veterans should contact the VA regarding an Aid and Attendance benefit that may cover adult day care and respite care. Most long-term care policies will cover care as well. Consult a senior care advisor to see what options your loved one has to pay for care.
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