Adult day centers not only provide your loved one with care at an affordable rate while you work, but provide an outlet for socializing. The activities and social events in the program will keep your loved one healthy, active, and engaged.
Adult day centers in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area provide seniors with an alternative to in-home care or nursing home stays. The centers offer assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs) like dressing, grooming, hygienic care, and toileting and incontinence care. Aside from these common daily tasks, adult day centers operate with structured programs to keep your loved one active and engaged.
These programs may include:
Exercise Cooking and baking Arts and crafts Theater and concerts Trips Games (bingo, board games, cards, etc.) Physical, occupational, and speech therapy Hot meals and snacks Social events and guest speakers
Some centers may operate strictly as a social center, while others lean towards specialized medical care. Centers, like the Insight Memory Care Center in nearby Fairfax, specialize in intensive care for Alzheimer’s disease patients or seniors with other forms of dementia. These types of centers offer programs for seniors in the early stages of the disease as well as care for the later stages.
Adult day centers are open Monday through Friday, typically from 8AM to 6PM. However, some programs are held within a facility that offers short stay respite care. Other centers may be located within a school, church, or community center. If transportation is an issue, check with the adult day center near you to see if they offer complimentary transportation.
Your family, friends, coworkers, and physician may be able to provide you with referrals for adult day care centers in your area. The DC Office on Aging can give you recommendations for programs in and around the D.C. area as well as long-term care planning assistance and senior care resources.
There are more than three dozen adult day care centers in the Washington, D.C. area. Below is a list of just a sampling of centers:
Renaissance Adult Day Care on Foote Street NE Progressive Habilitative Services on Chillum Place NW The Washington-McLaughlin Adult Day Care on Poplar Avenue Holy Cross Hospital Adult Day Care on Dameron Drive
The cost of an adult day care center in Washington, D.C. is $99 per day on average. This rate is much lower than the median daily rate for a private room in a nursing home, which is $270. In-home care, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for the District of Columbia, is $176 per day on average.
Seniors looking for assistance to help pay for adult day care should check their long-term care insurance policy to see if their condition warrants coverage. Medicaid and the VA offer programs for qualified individuals. Some centers are willing to charge on a sliding scale basis.
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