When is adult day care right for your family?



Adult day care may be the right solution for you and your family when caring for an aging loved one has become mentally and emotionally demanding, frequently requiring numerous hours each day on top of professional and family obligations. You may be caring for a senior parent, raising a family, focusing on a career, and trying to maintain your own health. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone.

Making sure to care for yourself is essential to helping others. If you are feeling stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed, your loved one’s care will suffer. If you are caring for an aging parent, utilizing adult care can have a significant impact on your personal relationship. Instead of seeing one another as caregiver and patient, you can focus on reconnecting as child and parent.

When an elderly loved one needs additional care or supervision during the day, many families think that they have no choice but to quit their jobs. Some families may think that placement in a living facility is their only option. However, adult day care - such as Cambridge Adult Day Center - may be the solution you really need while ensuring that senior loved ones are receiving proper attention and assistance in a friendly, safe, and nurturing environment.

Adult day care programs and services are a great care option for older adults with varying levels of need, offering a variety of activities, assistance and supervision and they offer so much more than just an engaging and safe environment for elderly seniors. They allow families to juggle the multiple responsibilities of everyday life and prevent caregiver burnout.

At its best, adult day care can improve the care recipient’s overall behavior and provide the caregiver with much-needed time off. The truth is that the mental and social benefits a care facility can bring are far more than in-home care alone. Adult care programs give seniors an opportunity to socialize, resulting in increased alertness and activity.

Generally, a care recipient can benefit from adult day care because:

●It allows him or her to stay in his or her community while the caregiver goes to work

●It gives him or her a break from the caregiver

●It provides needed social interaction

●It provides greater structure to his or her daily activities

Cambridge Adult Day Center can also provide a variety of services and activities, including:

●Assistance with eating, taking medicines, toileting, and/or walking

●Educational programs or mental stimulation

●Exercise programs

●Health monitoring (e.g., blood pressure, food or liquid intake)

●Preparation of meals and snacks

●Social activities

●Therapy (occupational, physical, speech, etc.)

●Transportation services

Our adults at Cambridge enjoy:

●Crafts

●Exercise

●Field trips

●Games

●Holiday parties

●Music therapy

●Pet therapy

●Relaxation techniques

Sometimes a loved one can be resistant to the idea of going to an adult care center but by focusing on the positives, you can help your parent see the benefits of attending a program. Suggestions however, have been made to avoid using the term “day care” when describing an adult day program. It has a negative connotation for many seniors and can make a grown adult with a lifetime of experience feel as though they are in need of a babysitter. Instead, try using neutral language such as “the program” or “the center.”

Slowly introducing your loved one to a day program will help them to feel more comfortable with the idea, and not overwhelm them. That's why Cambridge Adult Day Center offers a free day to anyone who wants to give the center a try! Your free day includes all activities, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks. We also offer flexible stay schedules; stop by for an hour or two, or all day.

Contact Cambridge Adult Day Center in Branson to find out how we can provide you with affordable senior care with dignity for your loved one.

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