What is adult day care? Is it wrong that I can’t do this on my own? Can I trust others with my loved ones?
These are all common questions. Questions any primary caregiver might ask themselves if they’re struggling to balance their professional and social lives with the overwhelming responsibility of ensuring their older loved one is safe, happy, and healthy.
Let us help.
As a whole, we’re all living longer, but with that longevity comes the potential for greater health issues. And we know caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other form of memory loss is never easy. It comes with its very own set of unique challenges that can leave even the most patient and empathetic individuals looking for a lifeline. If you’re considering bringing in some level of support so you can live a more well-balanced life, adult day care is a wonderful option.
But what is adult day care, though? Keep reading to find out how it works, who it’s for, and how it can help take some stress off your shoulders.
The Benefits of Adult Day Care Centers
There’s a lot of value you and your family can get out of adult day care. It provides caregivers with a much-needed break while giving older adults a chance to engage with others in a familiar, comfortable environment.
It’s safe. It’s controlled. And the staff is well trained and attentive.
While centers throughout the U.S. vary in terms of programs and services, most offer therapeutic exercise, social activities, and help with daily care activities such as grooming and using the toilet. Meals and snacks are also generally included—and most take the time to address the nutritional needs of each individual participant.
Some facilities may also provide counseling and support groups for caregivers. Still, the services provided depend on the type of adult day care center:
Social Centers: Socializing, recreation, and meals.
Medical Centers: Advanced healthcare, physical therapy, counseling, social activities, and meals.
Specialized Facilities: Specialized facilities, like The Moments, tailor their adult day care programs to participants who have particular conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
When You Should Consider Adult Day Care
The decision to seek outside assistance for an older family member is a personal one—and reasons for doing so will differ based on individual circumstances. That’s why we believe timing is everything, particularly when it comes to specialized care. Start too soon, and you could miss out on valuable time. Start too late, and there could be heavy consequences, both emotional and physical.
Here are some signs that it might be time to enroll your loved one in an adult day care:
- You can’t keep up with work, personal commitments, and the responsibilities that come with caring for an older family member.
- You’re burned out, and the stress is taking a toll on your own health.
- You don’t believe you’re equipped to provide adequate care.
- Your loved one is unable to manage their own daily activities.
- Your loved one feels lonely and isolated.
- Your loved one experiences anxiety or depression.
- Your loved one is no longer safe on their own and can’t be alone for extended periods.
What Is Adult Day Care at The Moments?
We understand the stress that caring for an aging loved one can put on a person. There’s just no denying the toll it can take, on virtually every level.
At The Moments, we take a highly specialized approach to senior care. With a well-trained staff and world-class facilities that are built for comfort and safety, you can trust that you and your loved ones will receive the highest possible standard of care. That leaves you, as the primary caregiver, free to manage other aspects of your life without guilt or worry.
Our center is located in Lakeville—one of the most desirable locations in the Twin Cities area—and we operate during regular daytime hours.
For more information, contact us or schedule a tour at https://themoments.com/.