Wednesday Workshop – Using Adult Day Care as Respite for Caregivers
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Today, we’re here to talk about adult day care and how it can be beneficial to both you and your loved one. Adult Day Care gives your loved one 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.
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 generally 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!
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 learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.