Adult Day Services: Allowing Seniors to Age in Place

Adult Day Services: Allowing Seniors to Age in PlaceWhen we think of our parents and grandparents aging, we often feel like we have two options — going to a care facility or living with us. Both situations can cause families angst. If they live with us, how will we continue to work? Will we have to make renovations for safety? How will we afford it all? And if they go to a care facility, will they receive the loving care we all want for our elders?

While having aging parents in your home can be challenging, luckily there are a number of services to support you. One of these options is adult day services. Centers providing adult day services are open daytime hours and are much like a child care facility designed for adults. They offer activities, meals and supervision to keep your loved one safe while you continue to work. How do you know which services are right for your loved one? There are generally three types of care programs: social, medical and Alzheimer’s/dementia focused.

Social Day Centers

Social day centers serve as a safe, supervised program for your loved one to attend during the day. The program is centered on activities and socialization. Seniors attend these programs to improve their quality of life and safety. Daily activities may include arts and crafts, entertainment, games, discussion groups, outings and exercise groups. They serve lunch and snacks, and staff will help with basic activities of daily living, like standing and getting to and from the restroom. These types of programs do not provide medical care or administer medications.

Medical Day Centers

Medical day centers may also include activities and socialization, but their main focus is on providing needed medical care. Many of these centers can handle serious skilled nursing-level conditions. They provide medication as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies. They also serve meals and provide all needed assistance, including incontinent care and health screenings.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Centers

These facilities are designed for individuals in need of memory care. They are specialized programs that cater to the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Most operate on very predictable schedules and offer activities adapted for seniors with cognitive impairment. Staff should be specially trained in handling behaviors and caring for seniors with memory impairment, as well as providing appropriate meal delivery and activities for dementia care attendees.

Covering Costs of Day Care Services

Adult Day Services: Allowing Seniors to Age in PlaceThere are a variety of ways to cover costs for day services. State-run PACE programs, Medicaid, veteran benefit plans, long-term care insurance and scholarships may cover some or all of the costs of these programs, especially if they are medically necessary. For some social programs, private pay is often required.

Day services are a great way to keep your parents or grandparents out of a full-time care facility and at home with those who love them. Errand Works provide extra assistance when you need it through our services for seniors. Our dedicated errand runners can serve as appointment companions, pick up and drop off medications, and run day-to-day errands to help out. Give us a call to discuss how we can help you help your loved one — or even yourself!

Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.