When COVID-19 brought lockdowns and quarantines, the media gave significant attention to parents losing the services of day care and other childcare outside the home. But what about the more than 260,000 families across the nation who depend on day care for their adult loved ones?
Adult day care programs offer extremely valuable services to its guests and their family members who take responsibility for their well-being.
In a recent interview, Kara Harvey, co-founder and CEO of Elder-Well® Adult Day Program, discussed a range of benefits adult day care can provide.
On the other hand, social interaction with peers of similar age helps promote purpose, acceptance, friendship, independence and self-rediscovery. “When our guests engage in meaningful activities, you’ll see their mood improve,” Kara added. “They’re happier, they show more confidence, increased concentration – just their overall well-being improves.”
“We develop our specific programs around multi-sensory stimulation, which is using the defenses of our body and that really helps to improve awareness,” Kara said. “We incorporate music, art, pets and nature, which are all proven to improve cognition and bring positive mood. And, of course, reminiscence and discussion activities, because if someone has a diagnosis of dementia, it’s easier for them to remember long term than short term. So, we have some really fun activities that pinpoint those.”
“Another part of our service to families is that we give them support and community resources to help them make decisions,” Kara added. “If, say, they need some extra care at night, then we can help them decide (exactly) what they need. Or, if it comes time for talk and transition to placement in a residential living situation, then we assist them with that.”
Kara had much more to say about the benefits of adult day care programs. Have you considered adding this service line to your continuum of care? Many communities don’t have this valuable resource available. To hear the entire discussion with Kara, listen to our latest podcast episode.