As the aging population continues to increase, the number of families caring for an aging parent is also on the rise. Understanding the social implications of family based care, many healthcare systems are now developing adult day care programs. If you are caring for an aging parent, or plan to care for your parent in the next several years, it is important to understand the aspects of adult day care and how the adult day services can vary from one location to another.
Adult day are is a cost savings approach to the options of nursing home, institutional care and long term care facilities. As a way in which to provide respite services for families, adult day care is designed to offer a variety of services, ranging from medical to growth and personal development. When considering adult day care, it is important to understand the difference between the two main classes of care: day hospital versus day support.
In the case of day hospital support, your loved one is provided the 24-hour nursing care needed to manage a specific set of health complications. In most cases, the nurse assigned is limited to the care of only your parent or may be limited to one or two other clients. In contrast, the day support program is simply an environment in which your parent can move about freely, engaging in social activities under the supervision of support staff. The importance of this program lies in the encouragement of social involvement while providing medical care as needed.
In your efforts to research adult day care programs, you may find there is little written about them. In other words, very little unbiased information is written about adult day care and, in particular, day care that involves the care for elderly adults who are not significantly ill. Therefore, when considering adult day care services, it will be necessary to head out into your local city and town and visit with the adult day care facilities to determine what services are offered.
As we enter the next century, the aging population is expected to significantly increase with a parallel increase in the number of adult day care services. In order to provide adult day care to a variety of clients, many facilities are making services far more versatile that they once did. Without much scholarly information written, families will need to venture into their local adult day care facilities to determine what services are offered and how those services may benefit their loved one when away from the home setting.