Everybody gets old one day if lucky. Considering that the aging population is growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the lifespan of the average person is increasing, adult day care is more relevant than ever. Caring for the elderly in a respectful and quality fashion is not an accident but a purposeful undertaking. Be aware of innovations in adult day care, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to properly care for the older loved ones in your life.
What is adult daycare?
While it's true that people are living longer than they did generations ago, it's also true that they often live longer than the point at which they're still able to independently care for themselves. This poses new challenges. Alzheimer's, dementia, physical limitations and other conditions can make it difficult for older adults to live at home safely. Adult day care fills that elder-care gap with specialized programs that provide supervision, activities, medical help, food and companionship during the day, away from the senior's home.
What to expect
Adult day care can be a great alternative to nursing-home and convalescent-hospital living. The innovation is in keeping people in their homes and communities longer. This form of supplemental care provides needed assistance to older adults during the day and addresses any safety concerns. It also offers preventive medicine, overall medical care, disease management, activities and opportunities to socialize, all while while saving money.
How innovations save money
This change in elder care is valuable. According to Kaiser Health News, when these adult day-care innovations are effective, they can reduce hospital and nursing-home stays. Adults who live in their homes longer with good adult day care are happier and healthier, resulting in a savings for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as for their families. Kaiser Health News cites the estimated savings of innovative day care in Virginia's PACE programs at about $4,200 per person each year when compared to the cost for an individual receiving Medicaid services at home or in a nursing home.