Adult Day Services play a vital role in promoting the physical and mental health of older adults and people with disabilities. These services provide a safe alternative to institutionalization where individuals can socialize and engage with similar individuals in a stimulating environment. Family caregivers can also rely upon an adult day center for respite care during the day.
People can receive adult day services in centers during normal business hours five days a week. Some centers may offer services for weekends or evenings.
Adult day services are designed for older adults and adults with disabilities who require some support or supervision.
Services and Fees
There are generally three different types of adult day services:
SocialModel: Serves people who require supervision or activities to reduce social isolation, but not extensive personal care or medical monitoring. These centers provide meals, social and recreational activities, and some health-related services.
Medical Model: More intensive health and therapeutic services such as nursing and personal care are provided in addition to social activities.
Specialized: Intensive care for individuals with specific treatment needs, such as those diagnosed with dementia or developmental disabilities.
Consider the type of adult day center best suited for you or the person in need of care. Costs and services offered will vary between centers and by type of center.
Generally, all three types of adult day centers will offer:
Meals and snacks
Therapeutic activities such as exercise and mental interaction
There may also be additional services and supports offered to assist family members of the individual using adult day services. Family members may be able to access support groups, educational resources, counseling and more.
While there is usually a daily cost, many programs offer sliding rate scales or some financial assistance.
Financial Options for Adult Day Services
Veteran Services: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Health Administration can provide financial support for a variety of services and supports.
Private Pay: Private pay refers to using personal funds to cover all or a portion of an expense. There are different ways to acquire private pay resources.
Medicare: This is the federal health insurance program for older adults, people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal (Kidney) Disease and ALS. Benefits can be received through different programs and policies either from the government or a private insurance company.
HUSKY Health and Medicaid: This program provides a comprehensive health care benefit package including preventive care, primary care, specialist visits, hospital care, behavioral health services, dental services, hospice and prescription medications to eligible individuals.
CT Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE): This program enables older adults to remain in their homes with services and supports instead of residing in a nursing facility or other institutional setting to receive care.
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