Today, let’s talk about adult day care and how they can be beneficial. Adult Day Care affords your loved ones the comforts of home and at the same time gives families the respite they need. This care is usually reasonable priced and may even be subsidized by certain local resources. Offered in community centers and through some senior programs, Adult Day Care provides social, recreational, meals, and sometimes transportation services.
Adult day centers are designed for seniors who can no longer manage independently, or who are isolated and lonely. Planned activities promote well-being through social interaction and stimulation. Adult day care centers operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, in a safe, supportive, and cheerful environment. Nutritious meals and afternoon snacks that accommodate special diets are typically included.
While finding and implementing respite care sounds like a lot of work, relief and revitalization is not just important for you, it benefits all those involved in the caregiving process.
Caregivers need to consider respite services much earlier than they think they will need them. Respite is most helpful to caregivers if they use it before they become exhausted, isolated, and overwhelmed by their responsibilities. You may believe that you should be able to “do it all”. Seeking help does not make you a failure. It’s important to remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver!
Caregivers need to have sufficient and regular amounts of respite time. Temporary and short-term respite alone does not provide the help most caregivers need. Caregivers need to give careful thought to how they want to spend their respite time. Respite needs to be meaningful and purposeful for caregivers to fulfill their needs and plans.
Remember that respite care keeps you going – it is a necessity, not a luxury. It is one element of taking charge of your life and being good to yourself, of seeking support for your hard work, and of being open to ideas that promote your loved one’s independence. These are hallmarks of successful caregiving. Respite via Adult Day Care can help you be a healthier, happier person and also be better able to care for the person you love. In our book that’s a winning combination!
To contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
If you need assistance finding an adult day care for your loved one, please call (877) 760-9199. We are waiting to help you receive the respite you deserve! Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you next week!