Adult day services: A closer look
Health care-oriented adult day services provide an alternative for those needing assisted living or skilled nursing in a residential setting. Staffed by professionals and trained staff, the services can include nursing, therapy, meals, bathing, and medication assistance — in addition to an array of socialization activities. Some providers also offer dementia-specific day care programs.
Some adult day services are available without the health care focus and are uniquely suited to the senior who needs to interact with friends and escape the isolation of being alone at home or to provide respite to family caregivers.
Both kinds of adult day services — and they’re often combined — offer a supervised, mentally stimulating environment for seniors and a break for at-home caregivers who may need to go to work, handle personal business, or simply rest and relax.
Available weekdays, with some offering evening and weekend hours, adult day services may include:
- Social activities
- Nutritious meals
- Family support
- Physical therapy
- Skilled nursing care
- Medication reminders
- Health screening
- Respite care