Saving Money On In-Home Care – Senior Centers and Day Adult Care Centers

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mary Alexander with Home Instead Senior Care gives some tips for providing in-home care during a recession or other difficult financial times. This video will focus on senior centers and adult care centers and the differences between the two.

    Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care, and I am discussing how to provide in-home care during a recession. Now, I am going to talk about senior centers and adult care centers and the differences between the two. Senior Centers are for those in good mental and physical health and who maybe as young as 55. There are some 15,000 senior centers across the country. Senior Centers provide social and recreational outlets. They are also a great repository of information on aging, and provide support for the family care-giver. Because seniors who attend these centers are of sound physical and mental health, it is generally the senior who takes the initiative in joining for convenient meals or the opportunity to socialize or participate in activities. Many Senior Centers are funded in part by local and state governments and non-profit organizations, such as the YMCA, United Way and Religious Groups. Often, the only expenses the senior may have to bear are the modest cost of lunches and some activity fees. Close to 10 million older Americans now use a Senior Centers from time to time at their best. Senior Centers are great resources, especially for people whose social circles have shrunk with the loss of a spouse or friends.

    Some experts believe the mental, physical, and social stimulation found at Senior Centers may help to lay the onset and progress of Alzheimer Disease. So going can be good for the seniors all around health.

    On the other hand, our adult daycare centers which are for those seniors who have age associated disabilities, such as physical frailty and early stage dementia. Some of the seniors maybe getting professional care at home, but go to the Adult Care Center to socialize with other seniors. Generally, Adult Care Centers are opened five days a week during normal business hours, but many have weekend and extended hours.

    Nation-wide, there are about 3400 Adult Daycare Centers serving approximately 150,000 seniors. Adult Daycare Centers are as much a source of Respite for the family care-giver as they are a protected comforting place for the senior. For many, the Adult Daycare Centers allow the family care-giver to attend to other matters such as work, errands and socializing. As such, most Adult Daycare Centers offer flexible services, such as pick-up and drop-off, either everyday, several days a week, or just when needed.

    More than three quarters of Adult Daycare Centers are run by non-profits, but some are associated with larger organizations, such as Skilled Nursing Facilities or Medical Centers. Rates usually range from 25 to $100 per day, depending on the level of care needed by the senior. Most Adult Daycare Centers generally accepts seniors who are physically or cognitively impaired, but who are not so limited or impaired that they require constant supervision, such as someone with advanced Alzheimer.

    The seniors who attend these centers must be physically mobile at least with the assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair. Also, most centers require the senior to be cogent. There are generally three types of Adult Daycare Centers offering varying levels of service. They are Social Daycare, Health Daycare, and Dementia Daycare. When making a choice for your senior, visit the centers, review brochures, ask for references, and consult your senior's medical provider to make sure you are signing up for the right level of care.

    Once you have decided on a center, spend some time there in short visits with your senior. When they first start going, they maybe a bit hesitant, frightened or worried about being abandoned, but you can assure them that it is not the case.

    Paying for these care options can happen in a number of ways. In the next video, we will talk about financing options beyond insurance.