Adult day services (ADS) serves as a form of respite and can provide a break/rest from the demands of caring for loved ones with cognitive and/or functional impairments. These services also provide loved ones with social and therapeutic activities in a supportive group environment.
Family members and friends can feel guilty about leaving the care of a loved one to someone else, even if it’s for a limited time. After someone utilizes adult day services, they often find that it is just what they needed to be able to be continue providing the kind of care that their loved one deserves.
Adult day services, or adult day centers, offer programs throughout the week, allowing caregivers to remain in the workforce, run errands or pursue other activities and interests. Some ADS programs function as stand-alone programs, and others are affiliated with facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living communities or senior centers.
Adult day services programs can provide a variety of services such as social activities, meals and snacks, transportation to and from the center, exercise programs, mental stimulation activities, assistance with dressing and/or grooming, bathing, and occupational, speech or physical therapies.
It is important to find a program that meets your specific needs and one in which both you and your loved one feel comfortable. According to the National Adult Day Services Association, there are several ways to determine if a ADS program meets your needs. These include:
The National Adult Day Services Association Web site, www.nadsa.org, provides a trial visit checklist and is a good resource for more information on how to select an ADS center.
By Michelle Kutner, MSW, CSW, CTRS
Specialty Service Consultant