There are three types of adult day care programs, or centers, that offer services in a professional care setting to adults in need of support during the day including the social model, medical model and specialized model. Here are details about each of those:
Let’s explore the difference in services and benefits for participants and their caregivers.
Here are the key services that a social model program offers:
Adults who would benefit from attending a social model program are those that:
While adults in the day care program experience benefits, social models also positively impact caregivers and family members who require some much-needed time off from the demands of caring for another. Participation in a program allows caregivers to continue their professional and personal life obligations and activities.
In addition to all the services that a social model offers, a medical model provides more intensive services such as:
Medical models, also known as Adult Day Health (ADH) program, are appropriate for those with more advanced cognitive and physical impairments.
Specialized models focus on a specific diagnosis and tailor the services to meet the needs of those participants. General, they are delivering services to individuals that are more advanced in their diagnosis and would not benefit any longer from a social model adult day program.
The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) has a wealth of information about services. You can access them at this link: https://www.nadsa.org
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