9 Questions To Ask When Considering Adult Day CarePosted on January 8, 2015 by ElderCare Resources in Adult Day Care, Blog, Caregiver Education
Questions to ask an adult day care center provider
Almost Family, an adult day care center provider in both the U.S. and Canada, summarizes the benefits of adult day care well: “Adult day care offers a win/win situation for everyone in the family—not only the client or member who attends the program, but also for the family member who has primary responsibility as caregiver. Adult day care provides a much-needed respite for the caregiver, affording a break from the physical demands and stress of providing round-the-clock care.
The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) recommends you start by asking yourself what specific services both the senior adult and the caregiver need most. For the day care participant, are social activities primary? Assistance with walking, eating or medications? Mental stimulation? Exercise? As a caregiver, is support what you need most? Some free time? Help with transportation? Answering these questions will help you determine which of the three main types of adult day care centers (social, health-focused, and Alzheimer’s/dementia oriented) will best serve you.
When you contact the adult day care center(s) you’ve chosen to consider, NADSA suggests asking the following questions:
- Who owns or sponsors the adult day care center?
- How long has it been operating?
- Is it licensed or certified? (If required in your country or state)
- What are the days and hours of operation?
- Is transportation to and from the adult day care center provided?
- Which conditions are accepted (e.g., memory loss, limited mobility, incontinence)?
- What are the staff’s credentials, and what is the ratio of staff to participants?
- What activities are offered? Are there a variety of individual and group programs?
- Are meals and snacks included? Are special diets accommodated?
Visiting an adult day care center
Spend a day at the adult day care center that sounds best to you, so that you can get a “feel” for the people and the environment. Also, check out references. Talk to others who have used the adult day care center and ask for their opinions.
You may wish to try out different adult day care centers a few times each to see whether your experience on different days confirms your initial impressions. Be sure to bring the following site visit checklist with you each time:
Adult day care center site visit checklist:
- Did you feel welcome?
- Were the center services and activities properly explained?
- Were you given information regarding staffing, programming, and costs?
- Is the facility clean, pleasant, and free of odor?
- Is the building and site wheelchair accessible?
- Is the furniture sturdy and comfortable?
- Are there loungers and chairs with arms for relaxation?
- Is there a quiet place in the center?
- Did the staff and participants seem cheerful and comfortable?
- Are participants involved in planning activities?
Source: National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)