Aware Senior Care Blog
Adult day care provides a great senior care option that allows for senior independence and interaction with others while still being cared for. Aware sat down with SarahCare's Marcia Jerrell to learn more.Many of those who care for loved ones are unable to provide full-time care due to work and/or other obligations. Additionally, having a full-time caregiver in the home or the fees of an assisted living facility aren't feasible financially. Have you considered Adult Day Care?
A: A senior center is designed to meet the social needs of fully independent seniors. An adult day care
center is a place where senior adults with cognitive and physical challenges may come to for supervised
activities, socialization and nursing care needs. Individuals attending adult day care centers are typically
in need on direct supervision and/or personal care needs that are typically provided by a family in the
individuals’ home.Q: Who attends Adult Day Care centers?
A: Senior adults who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery
and other senior related health concerns attend adult day care centers. They are often living at home
with a spouse or adult child and can benefit from socialization and activities outside of their homes.
activities such as arts and crafts, table games, trivia, gardening and walking programs are offered
throughout the morning followed by a well‐balanced lunch. Such activities and socialization continues
into the afternoon. All programs and activities are designed specifically for senior adults with cognitive
and physical challenges.
A: Adult day care centers have been in existence for over 30 years. They originated mostly in church
basements or synagogues but have emerged into standalone centers and offer a wide range of services
to meet the needs of the individual. They are a great alternative to institutional care and the most
affordable way to care for a senior adult.
A: There are many reasons why a person with dementia benefits from attending an adult day care
center, but the biggest benefit is the activities and socialization that play a vital role in slowing the
progression of the dementia. Isolation is a large reason many senior adults begin to decline both
cognitively and physically. It does not matter if a person is an introvert or an extrovert, social
engagement is necessary for all individuals. Placing an individual with dementia into an environment
that is set up to meet the individual where they are both cognitive and physically can increase selfesteem,
and can allow the person to focus on many activities that they can do, rather than what they
can no longer do.
A: A person who is attending a combination health/social model adult day care program can have a
diagnosed of many medical conditions that require supervision and nursing care. Typically, adult day
care centers have either a LPN or an RN on staff and if the medical condition can be managed under the
scope of an LPN or RN license, then the care for that medical condition can be received at the center.
A: Adult day care centers are primarily paid for in a private manner. Medicare and health insurance
does not cover the cost of care. If an individual has a long term care insurance plan that covers
community based programs, adult day care may be covered. In addition, some centers are VA providers
and coverage may be covered through VA benefits.
A: Adult day care centers are licensed by the State of North Carolina and must complete an annual re-certification
process. In addition, monthly unannounced inspections are conducted.
A: Some centers offer services beyond activities and nursing services such as transportation, PT/OT/ST,
podiatry services, bathing services and barber and beauty salon services.
A: As a caregiver, there is often no time for themselves. The caregiver can have a much needed and
deserved break from caregiving and can find time to care for themselves. The amount of stress that
caregivers carry is enormous and if they can have just a little bit of break from the responsibilities during
the day, it may be just what they need to keep caring for their loved one.
SarahCare at Lake Boone Trail
Marcia K. Jarrell, Executive Director
Phone: 919‐746‐7050, Fax: 919‐788‐1440