Adult day service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day.
They also afford caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Adult day centers generally operate during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evenings and on weekends. Although each facility may differ in terms of features, these general services are offered by most adult day centers:
Social activities - interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for their conditions
Transportation - door-to-door service
Meals and snacks - participants are provided with meals and snacks, those with special dietary needs are offered special meals
Personal care - help with toileting, grooming, eating and other personal activities of daily living
Therapeutic activities - exercise and mental interaction for all participants.
In general, there are three types of adult day centers:
Caregivers typically select the type of center a care recipient attends based on the care needed.
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