Is This the Missing Piece of Your Elder Care Puzzle?

What happens when your aging parent or loved one needs round-the-clock care but doesn’t need to be moved into a nursing home? How can you get an occasional break – to maintain your sanity and manage your own life – without leaving them in a dangerous situation?

The answer is often something people who are new to elder care don’t think about because they aren’t familiar with it: adult day care. In today’s post, I want to dig into a few quick details in case it helps you with your own planning…

What Is Adult Day Care?

Adult day care centers are places where you can bring an elderly loved one to get them out of the house. They are similar to the day care centers you would find for children, in that they have age-appropriate activities like board games, exercise, and social groups. They may also have a couple of staff members on-site who can help with things like medications. Most have seniors stay for a set number of hours each day before they are picked up or bused home.

Why Is Adult Day Care So Valuable?

Adult day care can be incredibly valuable to caregivers and family members. Not only is it affordable and convenient (in some areas it’s possible to have a driver pick up your parent each morning), but it gives the senior a much-needed way to get out and around people their own age. At the same time, the other half of the equation is equally valuable to other family members. While the elder is participating in activities or relaxing with friends, caregivers finally get a chance to rest each day instead of looking after the parent 24/7.

Could Respite Care Be the Solution You Need?

In some situations, adult day care can be the ideal solution for a family or caregiver who needs a regular break. On the one hand, the senior can leave the house and participate in activities they might not have organized on their own. And on the other hand, the relative who isn’t going to the day care center gets a much-needed chance to relax or catch up on other things.

Also important is that adult day care is much less expensive than an assisted-living facility (which typically costs in excess of $8,000 per month) while being a more preferable solution for an older person.

Don’t Procrastinate on Elder Care Planning

It’s easy to put off elder care planning, particularly if it’s not something you need urgently today. The only problem with that is “someday” always comes eventually. So, if you worry or suspect that a change in your elderly loved one’s lifestyle might be lurking in the future, it’s good to do some initial planning and research now.

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