Keep Your Loved One At-Home Longer
Keeping a Loved One at home when they have dementia can become difficult, especially in the later stages. When they need constant supervision and companionship it is difficult for a spouse or caregiver to get errands or tasks done or even to get some time to care for their own health. Most families wish to keep their Loved One at home but may need a break and an Adult Day Services Center may provide the respite needed for the caregiver but also many benefits to the participants.
Adult Day Services Provide Support
Adult Day Centers usually operate 5 days a week and offer therapeutic activities, health and support services in a caring environment that is enjoyable and emotionally supportive. Participants enjoy socialization, peer support and build self-esteem. Participants can choose to attend all 5 days or as little as once a week.
Adult Day Service programs can help:
- Prevent secondary disabilities that result from excessive bed rest or inactivity
- Increase self-esteem & dignity of participants
- Improve, stabilize or retard the deterioration of cognitive functioning
- Increase verbal ability and mobility
- Improve behavior & mood
- Improve nutrition
- Provide professional caring supervision to help monitor changes and needs
- Provide opportunities for friendships, decreasing isolation and loneliness
- Adult Day Services offer “the best of both worlds” – a safe and therapeutic setting during the day and the comforts of home and family in the evening
Sources & Resources
This article is adapted from “Benefits of Adult Day Services” by Rosener House. For more about Rosener House go to www.peninsulavolunteers.org or visit 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
You may also find a listing of all California Adult Day Centers at California Association of Adult Day Services. Or you can call Senior Seasons regarding help with finding a new, supportive memory care home for your loved-one. Call 650-851-5284 or complete the form on the right of this page.
Keep your Loved One with dementia at home longer by using your local Adult Day Services Center. It’s like Day Camp for Seniors! Fun for them and it can help you get some needed respite.