Caring for an elderly family member in the home takes a toll on the caregiver. It can put their own health at risk as the demands of caregiving drain their energy and spirits.
While periodic breaks would be good for the caregiver, in many cases there is no one available to step in and provide the needed relief. Unfortunately, this is an all too common problem.
As our population ages the number of elderly citizens suffering from Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Dementia, Diabetes, physical disabilities, hearing or visual impairment, or the frailties of advanced age continues to expand.
Respite for the caregiver!
Senior Day Care Centers are a great solution for many families. They offer a safe, supervised setting where disabled loved ones can spend one or more days a week with other seniors like themselves. These facilities are typically staffed by nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nurses aids and other healthcare professionals. A good day care for seniors program will usually include many of the following services:
- Health monitoring and medication administration
- Exercise and mobility therapy
- Hot meal and snacks
- Personal care assistance
- Disability specific care
- Social activities and games
- Arts and crafts
- Music and pet therapy
- Occaisional outings into the community
- Transportation to and from the facility
Senior day care services are generally much less expensive than other options, such as bringing a day care provider into the home, or sending a loved one into an assisted care facility or nursing home.