Caregivers, who are being celebrated in the month of November, understand the stresses of holding down a job and caring for their children in addition to caring for and worrying about their aging parents. There are several steps that can be taken to help relieve the burden on all involved and also help keep your parents engaged and involved.
Whether your parents or other aging loved one needs full time care or simply a way to get out of the house and be under supervision while you work or run errands, an adult daycare facility might be the ideal option. If you’re employed you may want to talk with your human resource department as many employers offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which can provide valuable resources for family caregiving.
Check with your local Office for the Aging or other entity that provides senior services to inquire about costs for the program, services provided and whether there is transportation provided to the program. You will likely need to have an intake session with the program so they can understand your parents’ needs and you can decide whether it’s a good fit.
During your research you will find there are two main types of adult day programs:
- One that offers intensive health, occupational and physical therapies and cater to those individuals with more severe medical issues, or
- An adult day care program that is a way for aging individuals to spend time with peers, socialize and enjoy healthy meals in a medically supervised setting
Isolation is a factor that faces many seniors especially if they’ve lost friends to illness or death and especially if they can no longer operate a vehicle. Being involved in an adult day program is a perfect way to help your aging relative find and make new friends and partake in the planned activities. These programs also work to keep the senior moving and active as this can help them to better age in place and is ideal for good mental and physical health.
An adult day care center will provide the caregiver peace of mind and allow him or her to continue to work with the knowledge that their parent is being cared for in a safe and healthful environment.