Day care for adults is a blessing for many caregivers. Whether it is used in an emergency or on a regular basis, these centers offer a practical way to provide care without the expense of in-home help. For those who are homebound, a center also can provide a much-needed change of scenery and opportunity for socialization.
How long and how often?
Most day centers are open just as they sound: during the day. This doesn’t mean, of course, that people are obliged to stay there the entire day. Some just drop in for a few hours while a caregiver takes a break, runs errands, or has appointments. It is possible, though, to spend the entire “working hours” day at a center, and this can be enormously helpful to a caregiver who also maintains a day job.
How often to use a day center depends on the family’s needs. Some people might go every day; others might just drop in as their caregivers need.
At a day center, you can expect that your loved one will receive help with basic tasks such as taking medication and perhaps eating. Meals and snacks will be provided. While there might be options such as television and playing cards, you also should expect a schedule of activities, such as light exercise, interactive games, musical performances, and craft projects.