Why Adult Day Care?

June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

Weekly Law Blog
Since the downturn of the economy, costs for health care have been on the rise.  According to a 2011 market survey of long-term care costs, the national average daily rate for a private room in a nursing home rose last year from $229 in 2010 to $239 in 2011.  Similarly, the national average monthly base rate in an assisted living community rose from $3,293 in 2010 to $3,477 in 2011.
These rising costs are frightening to many young caregivers who are trying to find the best way to care for their loved one.  If your loved one is suffering from dementia or other chronic diseases such as chronic hypertension, physical disability, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness and developmental disability, you may want to look into an adult day care program.

While the costs of adult day care rose along with other health care costs, they still remain lower when compared with the annual costs of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and home care.  Though daily fees for adult day services vary depending upon the services provided, the national average rate for adult day centers is $61 per day compared to an average rate for home health aids of $19 per hour.  Furthermore, nearly 78 percent of adult day centers are operated on a nonprofit or public basis.
The National Adult Day Services Association describes adult day centers this way:

“Adult day service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting.  Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day.  They also afford caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.”

According to a Wake Forest University School of Medicine study, the adult day service is a growing industry with over 4,600 adult day centers across the United States and more than 260,000 participants.  They provide aging and chronically ill adults with a small loving community.  The average capacity of an adult day care center is forty adults with a recipient to staff ratio of 6:1.
Adult day care is a desirable option for those family caregivers wishing to keep loved ones who are in chronic care in their own community, at home, and among friends and family for as long as possible.

Caring for a loved one can present emotional, physical, and financial tolls that are often too difficult to manage 24/7.  Adult day centers can provide family caregivers a few hours of rest and rejuvenation while your loved one spends their day engaging in social and therapeutic activities.

Still, it may be difficult to leave your loved one at a facility you know little about.  Selecting an adult day care center that suits both the needs of yourself and your loved one is crucial to putting both your minds at rest.  You will want to visit many different centers; ask lots of questions both of the staff and previous recipients; give your center of choice a try for a few days as it will take several visits for a new setting and routine to feel comfortable; and allow yourself to relax knowing that your loved one is being cared for.

If you need help searching for adult day care centers, please feel free to contact my office.  Law Office of Dawn M. Weekly, PC is located in Sandwich, Illinois and focuses on elder law and Life Care Planning for clients.  The office may be reached by calling 815-570-2334.
   Every day of every week, Weekly Law is there for you.


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§ One Response to Why Adult Day Care?

  • Great suggestions to caregivers. Adult Day Care provides an opportunity for the older adult to remain active and involved with others with whom they have much in common. Additionally, the program allows caregivers an opportunity to care for families, home and work. Please visit the FVOAS website for additional information.
    Thanks to Weekly Law Office for bringing this valuable information to Facebook Friends.

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