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Currently, about 72% of the American population over the age of 65 will need some form of long term care to help them with their activities of daily living (ADLs). About 80% of all long term care claims are for services outside of the nursing home. Today, the elderly have more and less expensive options available than being placed in a nursing home. What matters the most to the elderly is having a sense of purpose, hope and a reason for living. Some of today’s options are the use of homemaker services, licensed home health aids, adult day health care facilities, assisted living facilities, adult day programs and nursing homes. Adult day care programs are among the least expensive of these options.
Adult day care programs offer a win/win situation for everyone in the family. The participant attending the program benefits, as do the family member(s) who have the primary caregiver responsibility by providing them a much needed and deserved respite.
For the participant, the program’s benefits can be extensive, such as:
· a safe and secure environment to spend the day
· enjoyable and educational activities
· an improvement in mental and physical health
· enhanced or maintained level of independence
· socialization and peer support
· nutritious meals and snacks
· bathing facilities and hair salon
· medication distribution
· and much more
Good candidates for adult day care programs are those who: can benefit from the friendship and functional assistance a day care program offers, may be physically or cognitively challenged, need assistance with a cane, walker or wheelchair, are living a boring and inactive life style and are lonely and experiencing depression. Consider using adult day care when an individual can no longer structure their daily activities, are isolated and desire companionship, can’t be safely left alone at home, or live with someone who is frequently away from home.
An adult day care program is a very reasonable priced alternative to expensive in-home, assisted living or nursing home care. Adult day care is available during the day time hours. It provides the stimulation adults need to feel like a productive member of society. Those who cannot be left at home alone can have the daytime supervision and security they need at an adult day care program.
About Guest Blogger, Dr. Tim Dupic: Dr. Dupic’s dissertation associated with his Doctorate Degree was “The Long Term Care for the Elderly in the San Francisco Bay Area: Needs and Affordability”. Tim also has master degrees in Business Administration and Divinity. Tim’s entire professional life was marked by one opportunity after another, including serving as CEO of a Multi-state corporation and being on several National Board of Directors. But for Tim, it wasn’t enough to just enjoy his career, he wanted to serve and improve the quality of life for the elderly community. In 2006, Tim opened up an adult day care program called SarahCare of Campbell. Sarah is an acronym for Senior Adult Recreation and Health. For more information, visit SarahCare’s website at www.sarahcarecampbell.com or call 408-374-2273.
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