Adult Day Care (ADC) programs give seniors and adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in supervised care and activities outside of their home or care setting.
The mainstay of these programs is social interaction and companionship with others their own age. Depending on the facility, services may include activities, exercise, meals, medical care, medication management, physical therapy, supervision, educational activities, counseling, respite care, transportation as well as special care for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Adult Day Care offers family members and caregivers a peace of mind knowing their loved one is well cared for while they meet work and other personal obligations. This is also an excellent means for primary caregivers to take much needed personal time for rest and relaxation.
Adult Day Care and Adult Day Health programs have been found to reduce depression, improve cognition, increase quality of life and delay placement into long term care. Studies also show that seniors who participate in social activities and exercise have much fewer health problems and have longer life span than those who live alone without routine social stimulation.
Costs for Adult Day Care will vary widely depending on the demographic location and services received and can range from $45 – $70 a day on average. Fees can climb to $100 a day or more for specialized care and services. A common misunderstanding is that Medicare will cover these costs but unfortunately it does not cover Adult Day Care or Adult Day Health services. Most seniors will pay privately (personal funds) for ADC while others may be eligible for financial assistance from Medicaid-Waiver programs, Non-Medicaid state programs, Veteran contracts, VA Aid and Attendance benefits, VA Medical Facility based programs and other Federal Entitlement programs. It’s best to check with your local state guidelines since it’s different in each state. For more information on Adult Day Care programs in your area contact:
National Adult Day Services Association 877-745-1440 www.nadsa.org
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging 202-872-0888 www.n4a.org
Elder Care Locator 800-677-1116 www.eldercare.gov