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Stroke Smart Magazine


November/December 2008
Q & A

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A Break for the Survivor and Caregiver
Adult Day Services


with Merle Griff, Ph.D.




What are adult day services?
Adult day care centers offer supportive care to adults who need some type of assistance or supervision during the day. These centers provide respite or a break, for family caregivers.


Is adult day care primarily social?
There are two care models: social and medical. Social models offer care for people without special health care needs. Medical models provide nursing and health related care to people who have a range of health, rehabilitative, emotional, and social needs. Many centers offer services such as bathing therapy, salon services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and transportation.


Are centers open on weekends?
Most centers are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, a growing number of centers are offering evening and weekend care.


What can you expect to pay?
Daily rates can range from $30 to $100, depending on the location and services offered. An estimated average cost for adult day care is $61 a day. This does not include transportation or some of the ancillary services such as those of a salon. However, it does include nursing care, meals, and therapeutic activities.


Is any of it covered by insurance?
For qualifying individuals, funding may come from Medicaid, long-term care insurance, Veterans Administration, entitlements funds, and Waiver programs for individuals under the age of 60. Check your insurance plan. Also ask the adult day center about the insurance plans they accept.


How can people find one of these centers in their area?
In order to find a center near you, go to the website for the National Association of Adult Day Services Association. Centers can also be found by looking in a telephone directory under the heading of Day Care and through online search engines such as Google.


How do people determine whether a particular adult day center is reputable?
The NADSA website has a checklist for the evaluation of an adult day care center. Click a link called Practical Tools and Suggestions for Caregivers and you’ll find a booklet called “Since You Care: Adult Day Centers.” The checklist is in that booklet, which can be downloaded or ordered. Be sure to do a site visit and check out the center for yourself. Also ask the center for references and call a few people to see what they thought of their experience. Once you find a center that meets your needs, try it.


Merle D. Griff is the CEO of SarahCare Adult Day Services, Inc. in Canton, Ohio.


National Association of Adult Day Services Association — www.nadsa.org




  

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