Adult Day care
Physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual…. we’ve all experienced pain. Although generally we know what this means, we can only experience pain as an individual. For more than 50 million Americans, pain can linger for months and years. Chronic pain is hard to diagnose. It can’t be examined under a microscope and can’t be sutured; because of this, patients are sometimes told, “it’s all in your head”, “you’re a chronic complainer”. This can lead to anxiety, loss of sleep, and depression. Chronic pain can destroy lives and families. The adjustment for everyone in the family is a major one.
Baltimore’s American Pain Foundation states that, “most pain is untreated, under treated, or improperly treated”. Some people despair or decide they’ll just have to tough it out. What can you do if pain is very real to you, persists, and yet no underlying diagnosis can be made? Scott Fishman, M.D., chief of pain medicine at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento says, “We can impact pain by impacting the mind… treating people for comfort, as well as cure, gives us the best health outcomes”.
Dr. Bennet recommends:
- Become informed. Become your own advocate.
- Be open to complementary (holistic) as well as traditional treatments.
- Check out support groups and the Internet.
Some sources are:
Woods Adult Day Services is staffed from a whole-person perspective. Skilled and compassionate nurses, health aides, and recreational activity aides are in attendance anticipating and responding to participants’ needs- especially that of discomfort and pain.
written by: Rose Yapundich, L.S.W.A.; Social Worker, Woods Adult Day Services
Less than 30% of elderly people by the age of 70 have 20/20 vision.
Macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma can impact day to day activities. They can affect the ability to drive, read, maneuver an uneven sidewalk, or recognize friends.
Impaired vision also affects the ability to communicate. We look for visual clues during conversation. Some are:
- Facial cues indicating mood or emotion
- Hand gestures indicating size or direction
- Turn-taking cues, such as raised eyebrows
- Feedback, such as head nodding
Those with poor vision may be lost or misunderstand these types of non-verbal messages. Imagine not being able to see a person roll his eyes when making a sarcastic remark.
There are some simple things that you can do when talking to someone who has visual impairments:
- Identify yourself when approaching.
- Describe, with words, instead of gestures.
- Increase the room lighting; make sure the light is not behind you. Overhead fluorescent lighting causes glare on linoleum and hardwood floors.
- Reduce background noises. Hearing is used to make up for limited vision.
- Offer your arm for support. Let the person know about upcoming curbs or stairs.
Following some of these suggestions can keep those with vision impairments involved in conversations and ensure safety at home.
From Marian Anne Eure, former About.com Guide Updated May 20, 2010
The majority of in-home care providers for physically or cognitively disabled adults are family members, generally an adult child or a spouse. Without the care of these family members, many disabled adults would require care in nursing homes.
Family caregivers are are extremely valuable, but often need additional help in caring for a loved one. Caregiving can take an enormous toll, both financially and physically. Adult day care can provide needed respite from caregiving and may reduce the need for nursing home care.
According to the 2000 census, there are 3,407 adult day care centers operating in the United States, serving primarily people with dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and the frail elderly who do not have dementia. But experts suggest that many more centers will be needed in the next few years to cope with aging baby boomers who will need care. Adult day care is a viable, low-cost way of keeping individuals who are in need of chronic care at home, in the community, and with family and friends as long as possible.
Adult day care centers are typically open Monday through Friday during the day and give relief to caregivers during those hours. Surveys show the average cost of adult day centers is $56 per day, which is considerably under the cost of most other options for the frail elderly and people with dementia.
Finding Adult Day Care
To find care centers in your area, you can:
- Talk with your loved one’s doctor.
- Contact your local Area Agency on Aging (check your phone book, or call 1-800-677-1116 for the AAA in your area).
- Try the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator.
- Check with your local senior center.
- Talk to the staff at your church.
- Check the yellow pages under “Adult Day Care” or “Senior Services.”
Evaluating Adult Day Care Centers
You will want to find the best place for your loved one to spend those hours away from you. Be sure to check for:
- Number of years in operation — look for stability.
- State license or certification, if required
- Days and hours of operation
- Financial costs — be sure to look for any hidden costs (such as extra charges for transportation or special meals). Do they have any financial assistance available?
- Meet the staff and ask for credentials — can your loved one’s health needs be met?
- Is transportation provided?
- Look at the menu — can special dietary needs be met? It is a good sign if they ask you to stay for lunch.
- Can they deal with conditions such as incontinence or dementia?
- Ask for references — if you can talk to the family of a client, that is even better.
Don’t feel like you are failing your loved one if you need to get a break — the time away from each other can be a great rejuvenator.
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Woods Adult Day Care Center Inc. in Millersville provides a welcome alternative to nursing homes for many participants.
Providing meals, snacks, activities, recreation and some nursing care to seniors on weekdays, the center allows those caring for frail seniors at home to continue working and offers a much-needed respite. The center is governed by a non-profit corporation and charges $80 a day.
Many experts view adult day care as a cheaper, more attractive alternative to nursing homes that allows seniors to continue living in the community. But demand for day care outpaces the supply, and many, particularly in the rural South County, live too far from day care and lack transportation. Limited state money helps pay the tab for some. But many seniors make too much to qualify for public assistance yet too little to pay the daily fee.