Selecting Quality Providers
Choosing an adult day program is an important decision. Finding the right program for your loved one can make a tremendous impact on their well being, while giving you peace of mind that your loved one is in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. Below are some suggestions on choosing the right adult day center.
Adult day programs vary in the types of services they provide. It's important to consider the individual's needs when beginning a search for an adult day program. You might want to consider if the individual would benefit from:
- A safe, secure environment
- Social activities
- Assistance with daily living skills such as walking, eating, medication management, bathing
- Physical, speech and occupational therapies
- Skilled nursing
- Health monitoring including checks for blood pressure and blood sugar levels, food and liquid intake and weight management
- Nutritious meals, snacks and a specialized diet
- Specialized, disease specific care for traumatic brain injuries, dementia or Parkinson's Disease.
- Culturally specific care including foreign language fluency
It is also important to consider benefits for caregivers including occasional free time, coverage while working, transportation for a loved one and assistance and support in care planning.
Use MADSA's locator to find a center near you or contact your local Area Agency on Aging (800-677-1116).
A personal visit is the best way to have your questions answered and learn more about the programming, activities and services provided by the center. You will also have an opportunity to meet with staff and determine if this is the right program for your loved one.
It is important to do your homework prior to and during your visit. The National Adult Day Services Association has created a comprehensive site visit checklist that can help guide your initial visit to a center.
Ask the staff at the center you are considering for two or three people who have used their services and would be willing to share their opinions and experiences.
Select a day center and give it a try for a few days. Keep in mind that it often takes several visits for a new participant to feel comfortable in a new setting and routine. Staff may have suggestions for making the transition easier both at home and at the center.
Relax knowing your loved one is being well cared for. Always feel free to check in with the center and ask questions. They are there to help you!