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 Adult Day Centers Can Provide Caregiver Respite

A Guide to Texas Adult Day Care Centers

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Caregivers need respite if they are going to be able to sustain being a caregiver. Adult day care centers offer day activity and health services including skilled nursing and personal care services, health education and counseling, health monitoring and health-related services, medication administration, and physical rehabilitative services.

In the State of Texas

It is required by the state of Texas that individuals who self-administer their medications to be counseled at least once a month by licensed nursing staff to ascertain if they continue to be capable of self-administering their medications.

The State of Texas also requires a staff to participant ratio of 1:8. For Medicaid waiver clients Texas requires a minimum of one registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse on site 8 hours per day and states further that sufficient licensed nursing staff must be on site to meet the nursing needs of the clients. The facility must provide all staff with training in fire, disaster, and evacuation procedures within 3 work days of employment and provide direct care staff a minimum of 18 hours of training during the first 3 months of employment.

Cost of Respite Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of adult day care in Texas is $758 per month. The monthly base rate for Texas adult day care is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. Texas is also less expensive compared to the national average. This cost is the base cost for in Texas. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

Respite for Caregivers

For many, the challenges of caring for an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled family member are simply a part of daily life. Caregiving, though, is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. Respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life.

Even if working with family members is difficult, there are many other respite care options available to support you and your loved one.

Adult day centers can provide much needed caregiver 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.

In general, services offered by most adult day centers include:

  • Social Activities: Interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for their conditions.

  • Transportation: Door-to-door serviceMeals 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.

There are three types of adult day centers:

  • Social - Provides meals, recreation and some health-related services.

  • Medical/Health - Provides social activities as well as more intensive health and therapeutic services.

  • Specialized - Provides services only to specific care recipients, such as those with diagnosed dementia's or developmental disabilities.

Special Note: Caregivers typically select the type of center a care recipient attends based on one's care needs.

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