Studies tell us every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Many adults eventually rely on family caregivers to support them and keep them safe. In 2019, family caregivers provided more than 18 billion hours of care. With some adults requiring around-the-clock care or supervision, it’s no surprise that caregiver burnout is a serious problem.
Adult Day services can ease caregiver burnout and improve the lives of those living with cognitive impairments by offering a safe, engaging place to spend the day. This gives you time to work, care for your family, and recharge so you can offer the best possible care when your loved one returns home.
You may not know about this supportive option. So what can Adult Day offer you or your loved one? Check out these frequently asked questions:
What is Adult Day?
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Dementia rates increase with age. In fact, according to the National Institutes on Aging, roughly one in three people over 85 has some form of dementia. And dementia impacts more than just memory: It can also affect judgment, communication, and ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Eventually, a person with dementia might not be safe living alone.
Adult Day services cater to older adults with dementia and other diagnoses that can compromise their safety. These services also support family members or other loved ones who need a break from the challenges of daily caregiving.
At Adult Day, older adults enjoy a range of programming, a chance to socialize, and a safe, supportive environment, and caregivers can work, rest, or attend to other responsibilities during the day without worrying about their loved ones’ well-being and safety.
Who is Adult Day for?
Anyone who struggles with daily activities — dressing, grooming, or meal preparation, for example — can benefit from Adult Day. Many participants have dementia or other cognitive impairments, but adults with chronic or progressive illnesses may also find safety and support.
Adult day could be right for your loved one if being alone during the day is no longer safe or practical for them, if you are exhausted by caregiving demands, or if you worry your loved one feels isolated or bored.
What do older adults do at Adult Day?
With WesleyLife’s Adult Day programming, older adults enjoy a supportive and safe environment. Dementia, cognitive impairments, and serious illnesses do not necessarily eliminate a person’s desire to make friends, enjoy good food, and live a purposeful life.
Adult Day services help residents do all of this and more. Participants enjoy trivia games, arts and crafts, devotionals, TED Talks, spa days, seasonal celebrations, and more.
Does my loved one have to go every day?
Adult Day seeks to support your loved one and your family, not disrupt your routine. Participants can attend every day, or just a few days per week.
How does Adult Day support caregivers?
Caregiving is one of the most selfless, meaningful acts you can undertake. It’s also exhausting. If you work or need to attend to responsibilities during the day, Adult Day might be a perfect solution for you and your loved one. Remember: You deserve – and need – to rest and recharge. Caring for your loved one begins with caring for yourself.
Benefits of Adult Day Services for You
You can’t give your all to another person if you’re not caring for yourself. You matter too.
Adult Day services are a form of self-care, giving you a break to focus on whatever needs your attention — work, children, doctor’s appointments, daily chores, or just rest. This frees energy and space in your mind, helping you give your all to caregiving when your loved one comes home.
The right program can also deepen your connection with your loved one. Adult Day offers meaningful programming and social connections, relieving the stress of having to do it all yourself. And after a day apart, with each of you pursuing your unique interests, you and your loved one may have more to talk about.
The benefits extend beyond you and your loved one. Adult Day may improve relationships within your family by removing caregiver burden and reducing stress. A solid program ensures that your kids, if you have them, can enjoy one-on-one time with a less stressed parent and that your employer receives your full attention during work hours. People in relationships may find that a few hours a week of Adult Day gives them the time they need to reconnect with one another.
Your entire family will gain the peace of mind of knowing that the Adult Day care team includes experts in dementia care who ensure your loved one receives the best services possible.
Could Adult Day Services Be Right for Your Family?
Could Adult Day services be the right move for your family? Here are some signs that it’s time to consider Adult Day:
- You are the sole or primary caregiver for your loved one and need a break.
- You’re worried your loved one isn’t receiving the enrichment and socialization they need at home.
- Your loved one cannot safely be left alone.
- Caregiving is negatively impacting your relationships, work performance, or mental health.
- You want your loved one to continue living at home, but need additional support to keep working or fulfilling other obligations.
Give your loved one the support and fellowship they deserve while benefiting from a chance to rest and recharge. Try two days of Adult Day free!