Adult day services offer a break to the primary caregiver from caregiving duties, and improve the client's health, independence, and quality of life. Services are offered in a safe, friendly environment, usually operating during normal business hours on weekdays. Some adult day centers also open evenings and weekends.
There are three main types of adult day centers: those for social interaction; medical care; and Alzheimer’s care. Centers are owned and managed by home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, medical centers, or other senior providers.
Adult day services:
• assistance with eating, taking medicines, toileting, and / or walking
• educational programs or mental stimulation
• exercise programs
• health monitoring (e.g., blood pressure, food, or liquid intake)
• podiatry care
• preparation of meals and snacks
• social activities
• therapy (occupational, physical, speech, etc.)
Paying for adult day services:
Adult day services are offered at a reasonable, out-of-pocket cost. Most services have contracts with county social service programs covering costs for those unable to pay. In addition, some long-term care insurance policies may pay for adult day services.
For more information, visit the LeadingAge Minnesota website at www.leadingagemn.org