Adult Day Care

WHAT ARE ADULT DAY CARE SERVICES?

Adult day care is another program designed to help caregivers keep family members and loved ones at home for as long as possible. Programs typically fall in to three models: a social model, a medical (or health services) model and a dementia-specific model.

In a social model, client services include activities and meals with minimal medical support. Clients in a medical model are those that are at higher risk. They require health services and sometimes even therapies. A dementia-specific program provides care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. These clients might require a combination of social and medical services.

HOW ARE ADULT DAY CARE SERVICES PAID FOR?

Payment for adult day care services is typically from private funds. Your local agency on aging may have funds available to help families with this type of care. In addition, some long-term care insurance covers adult day care. For clients with more intensive medical needs, Medicare part B (or their health insurance) may help cover skilled services and therapies. You should also check with your tax advisor to see if the care you provide to a family member or loved one meets the criteria for Dependent Care Tax credits.

ARE MEDICAL OR HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED AT ADULT DAY CARE?

Some adult day cares may offer medical day care as well. This will vary from provider to provider but if the senior needs medical attention during the day, it is important to know before-hand. Adult medical day care services that do offer health care during the day can assist seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia to seniors who have suffered from a heart attack or stroke.

HOW ARE ADULT DAY CARE SERVICE REGULATED?

Adult day care centers are not federally regulated but instead are regulated at the state level. That means codes and laws vary state by state.

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