Are adult day services a good option for my husband who has dementia?
Yes - in fact, he's the perfect candidate.
Adult day services provide a safe and supportive environment for older adults with cognitive (thinking) and/or physical disabilities such as dementia that require them to receive assistance and full-time supervision.
Many families will tell you that enrolling their parent or older family member in adult day services turned out to be one of the best decisions they ever made. Here's why: A good adult day care service will provide activities that can help people with their memory such as music therapy, speech therapy and discussion groups. Participants usually engage in some type of physical exercise during the day and many centers offer places where people can safely wander on their own. The mental stimulation and physical activity often improves sleep, which every caregiver knows is a wonderful thing.
There are three types of adult day services:
- Social models that cater to higher-functioning participants
- Health-focused models that offer nursing care
- Alzheimer/dementia care centers
The latter two models are often combined.
Adult day services are typically available from about 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to meet the needs of working caregivers and can be used up to five days a week. Some also offer weekend respite care.
You can find a local adult day care service by calling your local senior center, or by looking in the Yellow pages under adult day care services, aging services or senior citizen services.
Before you make a decision, visit a few adult day centers to decide which best fits your needs as well as your husband's. Then spend a day at the center that most appeals to you to get a sense for the people and environment. For the first visit you may need to convince your husband that he's going to a "meeting" or some type of function he can relate to. Be creative - it's worth the effort.
To learn more about the cost of adult day care services, as well as how to choose a center that meets your individual needs and preferences, see the Homecare.com Adult Day Services Guide