Adult Daycare

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Note: This post originally appeared at Cariloop.com.

There is a somewhat new model of senior caregiving that is growing in popularity; it’s called adult daycare.  The concept is just like you imagine: adults who have working caregivers can congregate, receive regular meals, and engage in some fun activities.  It works much like regular daycare in that you pay a fee per day, and that fee includes a specific set of services.

While the number of adult daycare facilities is relatively small compared to traditional retirement communities, there will likely be more open as this concept catches on.  If you’re in the market for adult day services, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Are you regulated by the state?  If so, what is your standing with regulators?
  • What’s included in the daily price?
  • Are there any discounts for purchasing multiple days?
  • What sort of training and background checks do your employees undergo?
  • What activities do you have, and is participation required?
  • What happens if there is an emergency?

Like any other retirement community or facility, you’ll want to pay attention to your gut feelings as your take your tour.  Things like dirty tables and disgruntled staff can be a bad sign.  However, finding the right adult daycare can help provide caregivers with much-needed rest and relief.