Adult day health care as an option/topic for care?

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Why do you not list Adult day health care is the most affordable option in long term care today. Most centers accept private pay, long term care insurance, are Medicaid EDCD waivered and have contracts with the Veterans Administration. This type of care enables caregivers to keep their loved ones at home and part of the community. Adult day health care prevents the pre-mature placement in a facility or an institution.


I've been on these forums for about 3 years and yes, adult day health has been mentioned many times over. It all depends on the patients and if they are still able to be mobile and interact with the others at the adult day care.

If a patient has Alzheimer's/Dementia, there is only so long that they can continue to attend Adult Day care. There are stages that make it difficult to take them out in public. My boss had his wife [who had Alzheimer's] in Adult Day care but only for a year, as after that she needed a higher level of care.

We must remember, as our love ones age, they start to lose their hearing and their eyesight, thus will refuse to interact with others. Plus some adult care places will not take a love one who is unable to use the restroom facilities on their own.
I have read about Adult Care here as an option. It certainly would be a great option, assuming the person in need meets the requirements of the Adult Day Center. Of course, the caretaker would have to be able to get the patient transported there. Some are in wheelchairs or have mobility issues that make travel from the home challenging. Some counties provide assistance with that.

Then as Frqflyer suggests, there is the issue of whether the person can tolerate that type of setting. With dementia the person may become confused, agitated, anxious and even wander. Their behavior is often unpredictable and the Adult Center may not be able to accommodate them. Plus, at certain stages, the dementia patient doesn't interact and may be uncomfortable in the Center. I would also wonder about toileting. Often dementia patents are incontinent. So that's an issue.
But, if all those things are not issues, it would be a great option for caregivers. It's certainly worth exploring.
The issue with doing a list on sites like AC of adult day care is that it would be pretty well impossible to pull together & track all the hundreds of thousands of programs all over the US. Thats why & how your local Area on Aging can be priceless in finding out just what is there in your local community or region. This site has a drop down list of all the AoA in the US btw.

AoA is a central taxpayer & grant supported clearinghouse for all things aging. Every city, town is within an AoA regional district. AoA is pretty low key (they cant advertise per se) but staffs and sponsors all sorts of aging projects. The NH AL ombudsman program is AoA. AoA can & does track what programs are available and what qualifiers are to participate for your area.
I have often sung the praises of Adult day health care on this site. Like any other care option, it does not suit all situations, but it certainly was a huge value for my husband, with dementia.
My mom attended a day program for three years prior to moving to a memory care facility. It was wonderful, kept her busy, while tiring her out so she slept better at night. The day care made it possible to keep her at home three years longer than had it not been available.

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