Since the 1960s, adult day programs have provided a great option for seniors in need of support during the day. These programs provide support for individuals during the daytime hours and are ideal for Elders who are still independent, but need some support during the day when family or other caregivers may be at work. They are also a great alternative to costly living communities, allowing individuals to stay independent longer.
We opened Tabitha Adult Day in 2001 and since then, the format has been ideal for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In fact, the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) estimates half of all adult day program clients across the country suffer from some degree of dementia. So how do adult day programs help those with memory loss?
1. Personal Care
Not only do adult day programs provide nutritious meals and snacks, caregivers are trained to help participants with a variety of activities to promote health and wellness. For those with dementia who take medications or may need assistance getting around, caregivers provide the right kind of support. Types of personal care options available:
Vitals monitoring (blood pressure, weight, etc.)
Daily living assistance (getting around, using the bathroom, eating, etc.)
2. Enriching Activities
Caregivers within adult day programs have received specialized training in helping those with memory loss engage and interact. Activities and social opportunities are offered to give daily fulfillment to those within the program. Studies have shown that cognitive stimulation and social interaction can have a positive benefit for those suffering memory loss. Activities at adult day programs are planned by the experts to provide benefit to those who participate.
Probably the number one concern of someone caring for a loved one with dementia. When caregivers are at work or running errands, they may worry that their loved ones could wander from home, leave the bath water running or turn on the stove. Adult day programs provide a safe environment for those suffering from dementia with 100% supervision during the day.
4. Caregiver Support
Adult day programs provide an economical alternative to living communities, while ensuring that caregivers (those who care for aging loved ones) are supported. Often times, adult day programs, like Tabitha Adult Day, provide respite for caregivers - meaning that if you need a day to run errands or a few days rest, your loved one can come to safe, enriching environment. Adult day programs allow caregivers a much needed time to re-group knowing their loved one is being cared for. No one person can care for a loved one with dementia alone.
For more information about how Adult Day Programs can benefit those with memory loss, visit this great article from the Alzheimer’s Association.
For more information about Adult Day Programs, visit National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)
To learn more about Tabitha Adult Day, visit us online.