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By: David Lohmann on July 26th, 2019

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Senior Day Care: Types, Costs, and Services

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Senior daycare has become a popular care option for those who are looking to avoid the costs and hassle of assisted living homes. While popularity is growing, you still may have a lot of questions before you can determine that this is the right option for your senior loved one. Some factors you may want to consider are type of senior day care centers available, the cost associated with these options, and the specific services these centers can offer your loved one. Let’s talk a little bit more about these details.

What is Senior Day Care?

Spending time at home alone while other family members are at school or work means many seniors struggle with loneliness. During the day, most people aren’t available to come over, go to lunch, or chat on the phone. Adult daycare offers an alternative to days at home alone. 

Adult day care centers offer seniors a safe place to go for both care and socialization during the day. This is a beneficial option for both seniors who live alone and those who live with family members that aren’t home during the day. These centers provide relief for caregivers during the day, without the worry that a senior loved one will injure themselves if they are at home unattended. 

Unlike assisted living communities, day care centers only provide care during the day, meaning seniors that require supervision will need someone with them at night, which could either be a family member or professional caregiver. Day care centers are also a smart option for seniors recovering from injury or illness, requiring transitional care or short-term rehabilitation, or simply need help to get safely through the day. 

Many full-time family caregivers looks to adult day care to alleviate some of the responsibilities that come with taking care of a senior loved one around the clock. If you’re caring for a loved one, it’s important to care for yourself, as well. This time your loved one spends at adult day care can give you a chance to work, run errands, or rest, without worrying about who is caring for your loved one. 


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What are the Different Types of Senior Day Care?

Three types of adult day care centers could be right for your family – one that provides social interaction, one that provides medical care, and one that provides specialized care. Let’s look at how these options differ.

  • Social Interaction - These centers provide ways for seniors to interact with other people during the day. The goal of social adult day care centers is to keep seniors safe and healthy, while also preventing loneliness. These day care centers also provide activities, in addition to healthy meals and snacks.
  • Medical Care - Seniors that need a greater amount of daily care should consider adult day care centers focused on medical care. These centers are staffed by nurses who provide general medical care.
  • Specialized Care - Some adult daycare centers specialize in providing all aspects of care for seniors with a specific condition like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Seniors with these memory challenges need specific care and monitoring, and generally can’t be left alone at home unattended.

How Much Does Senior Day Care Cost?

The national average cost for adult day care is $72 per day, but as this is the average, expect other factors to impact your actual cost. Adult day care, like many other forms of senior care, ranges in cost based on a number of different factors, including:

  • The length of stay at a day care center
  • The amount of care required
  • The area of the country in which you live

If the cost for adult day care seems steep, keep in mind that there may be some financial assistance available for families pursuing this option. First, you can look to the different senior financial assistance options offered by your state. Every state provides for seniors in different ways, so it may require a little research to find out what is available to your family. A second option is long-term care insurance. This type of insurance policy may cover a portion of the cost of senior day care. 

Which Services are Offered by Adult Day Care Centers?

While we looked at the different types of care provided at senior day care centers, let’s look at some of the more specific services offered to seniors. Because seniors are at these centers for the majority of the day, they receive help with activities of daily life, like:

  • Eating
  • Going to the restroom
  • Medication reminders and management
  • Walking and mobility
  • General hygiene 

In these environments, seniors often participate in activities that are mentally stimulating and have access to social services, like:

  • Art classes and projects
  • Music therapy
  • Entertainment 
  • Transportation to educational and cultural outings
  • Discussing books
  • Watching movies
  • Playing games

However, in centers focused on medical care can provide more specific services, like administering medication, monitoring health, assisting with physical therapy, and providing general medical care. Specialized centers focused on seniors that require memory care offer services like memory therapy and medical monitoring, while also giving these seniors a stable routine. 

Adult day care provides a wide range of benefits for families in need of assistance for their loved one. However, if price is the major concern standing your way, you may want to consider a more affordable option, like in-home, on-demand care

CaringOnDemand allows you to only pay for the care you actually need. You simply schedule a caregiver visit when your loved one needs it  because this app uses a pay-by-the-minute model, you only pay for the care that’s actually needed. You can also use this care model to supplement your loved one’s visits to adult day care. Maybe your loved one goes to adult day care a few days a week, and an in-home caregiver comes on the other days. Fortunately, families have a wide range of choices when it comes to senior care today. 

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