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Gaining Popularity Adult Day Care Centers Also Provide Caregiver Services

Caring for a disabled or elderly person who can no longer be left alone is a challenging undertaking requiring a kind heart, physical stamina and huge doses of patience. Many of those disabled or elderly who don’t need skilled medical care  and are able to remain in their own homes, still require around the clock care and supervision. Many suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Often times the caregiver is a family member or someone the family hired to provide in home care for their loved one as opposed to having them move into a facility. It is easy to understand the challenges that would cause caregivers without a break or respite, to “burn out,” which in turn can make them sick and greatly detract from caring for and improving the quality of life for their patient. Adult day care centers are popping up around the country as a means to provide services that allow caregivers a break while allowing their charges a safe, change of pace. Adult Daycare & Caregiver Support Services can help with:

Preventing or delaying inappropriate admission to a nursing home

Increasing the dependent older adult’s socialization and recreation

Improving the quality of life for the dependent older adult and the caregiver

Enabling the dependent older adult to remain in their home as long as possible.

Most licensed adult day care centers offer transportation assistance to and from the facility where senior citizens receive nutritious hot lunches and snacks, daily exercise and entertainment, safe interactive social, recreational and education programs. Day Break III Senior Activity Center in Sunnyvale, CA recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary of successful operation. A community based program operated by Catholic Charities, Day Break serves people of all cultures, ages, ethnicities and religions. The activity center offers a sliding scale fee based on the ability to pay with charges ranging from $20-$60 per day. They do not deny service because of inability to pay. All other services are free or have a flat rate. Financial assistance may be available.

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Adult day care centers are typically open on weekdays, Monday through Fridays and depend heavily on the services of volunteer caregivers who perform a variety of duties to keep the center running smoothly. A volunteer caregiver can assist with transportation, meal preparation/clean up, exercise and activity projects or doing clerical work such as answering the phone, filing or doing routine errands.  Many volunteer caregivers share their time with the participants by bringing their pets or small children to visit. Although many are non profit operations, as with most businesses in this day and age, Adult Day Care Centers are multi tasking by offering a range of caregiver services to their communities beyond the Monday through Friday daytime care.

Homemaking Services provide assistance with tasks such as Meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, kitchen cleaning, and changing linens. Overnight Assistance Services are for disabled adults or seniors who need support and supervision during the nighttime, especially if any safety or security issues should arise. Personal Care Services include assistance with activities of daily living such as showering and bathing, personal hygiene, toileting, dressing, and eating. Respite Care and Companionship Services include friendly support, assistance and supervision to promote disabled or older adults’ independence and safety within their home while the regular caretakers enjoy a much needed break. Home Care Tampa services are offered by Adult Day Care Centers in the state of Florida. Their administrators will customize a plan that meets the needs of the older adult and the caregiver depending on their situation.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care Los Angeles, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Facilities and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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