Caregiving is hard work and it is easy for caregivers to get burned out. Adult day care centers provide care and companionship in a group setting to seniors who need supervision during the day, allowing their caregivers to go to work or take a much-needed break; in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, there are far too few of these centers given our growing senior population.
More often than not, caring for an elderly loved one is ensuring that they receive the right care at the right time and making sure that such care is neither too much or too little. This balancing act can be difficult, expensive and exhausting. Having a number of elder care options would be greatly appreciated. One such intermediary option was recently covered in an ElderLawAnswers post titled “Adult Day Care: Providing a Break for Caregivers.” Adult day care is definitely an option we desperately need in the Historic Triangle but such care is woefully inadequate. This is not from lack of trying by a small group of concerned citizens who have tried to bring such services to our area.
While there are any number of actual facilities from senior independent living, to assisted living, to nursing homes, you may not want or even need such facilities. Increasingly, families are choosing to personally care for their elderly loved ones at home. Imagine the flexibility of an adult day care center that would allow the caregiver the flexibility to enrolling their loved ones in a quality care center while they pursue their own life needs.
Adult day care programs vary widely, both in substance and in availability. As a result, it is wise to snoop around in your local area and consider your needs. The costs tend to be modest, in the grander scheme, and various health insurances or long-term care insurances will cover or defray the cost. Medicare, unfortunately, does not yet pay for this type of service.
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Reference: ElderLawAnswers.com (April 11, 2014) “Adult Day Care: Providing a Break for Caregivers”