We are entering the time in which an increasing number of the baby boom generation qualifies for eldercare. It has been found that traditional assisted living apartments and nursing care are not the answer for everyone and a growing number are beginning to prefer in-home care. Adult Daycare facilities are particularly advantageous to those who are living with relatives who have day jobs and can‘t look after their elder relative around the clock.
Adult Daycare facilities are also great for the elder relatives because they provide lunch, physical and occupational therapies, other activities and opportunities to socialize with other seniors. Every Adult Daycare facility differs in the needs that they meet so it is a good idea to look at the different facilities in your area in order to determine which one is the best meets your relative‘s needs.
The general goal of Adult Daycare facilities is to delay or prevent your relative from needing traditional nursing care. Aside from providing therapeutic services, socialization opportunities and respite care for you, Adult Daycare services range from education to transportation and some even include evening care. There are two general types of Adult Daycare facilities, social and health. Social Adult Daycare facilities place their emphasis on the socialization though they do also provide some health services. On the contrary, health Adult Daycare facilities offer very intensive health and therapeutic services for those with more challenging medical problems and/or who are at a high risk of needing traditional nursing care.
When first seeking out an Adult Daycare facility, first, you may want to contact your local aging information and assistance provider or area agency on aging (the AAA on aging). You will most likely want to stick to those closest to you so be sure to be specific about your location. Take advantage of tours that the Adult Daycare facilities may offer and if there are any opportunities to chat with families who already use the facility, be sure to especially take any opportunities to talk to them about their experiences.
It is also important to keep in mind that not all Adult Daycare facilities are licensed and regulated by the state. provides general information about Adult Daycare facilities and their programs and can help you find out if your state has its own Adult Daycare Association. Depending on the services, type of compensation and the geographic location, costs vary greatly among each facility. Adult Daycare facilities are rarely covered by Medicare though most can provide financial assistance through a national or state program (such as Medicaid, Veteran’s Administration if your relative is a war veteran, etc.) individually for your relative‘s care.
Adult Daycare facilities are a very new phenomenon that has come up as a very effective alternative solution to traditional nursing care. Aside from everything mentioned above, particularly the fact that Adult Daycare facilities vary in the needs that they serve also helps to prevent client overpopulation. In this way, Adult Daycare facilities help to ensure security for everyone concerned.