What Are the Alternatives to Adult Day Care?

What Are the Alternatives to Adult Day Care?

Coming to terms with the fact your loved one requires more care than you’re able to give is its own unique challenge, but figuring out what type of care they need coupled with what is available within your budget is an entirely different battle. The financial options made available for senior care, including at an adult day care center, depends on your situation. For instance, certain government programs help pay for treatment at a skilled nursing facility, but not for unskilled or non-medical in-home care.

If you’re considering elder care for the first time, it’s extremely helpful to first figure out what type of care you or your loved one will require both now and in the future. Additionally, educating yourself about what services are offered, what they provide, the cost, and the latest in elder care terminology will help you make the most informed decision possible.

Depending on your needs, adult day care programs may or may not be the choice for you. Town Square’s facilities all offer a great spectrum of services, but individual needs can vary. Let’s take a quick look at the different alternatives, and what they offer.

What Are the Alternatives to Adult Day Health Care Programs Like?

There are two types of eldercare: professionally provided care, or family provided care. Professionally provided care can include: in-home care, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, adult day care programs, dementia facilities, and continuum of care facilities. In the case of family-provided care, either an elderly person may move in with their family members, or they continue to live at home and have their family come to them.

Independent living facilities are another alternative to adult day health care, which gives seniors the opportunity to purchase or rent a unit within a complex that offers social, recreational, transportation, and other community-based services. Generally, most independent living facilities don’t offer health care services, and costs will depend on the housing market, which is almost always paid out of pocket.

Assisted living facilities provide help with daily living alongside an independent living approach. This means they live in their own apartment, but they also have the benefit of having personal care workers on-site if needed. The cost of assisted living facilities is also dependent on local house prices in addition to the services they provide, which are usually paid out of pocket; however, you should always check for waiver programs. 

Nursing home care, on the other hand, provides round-the-clock care for elders that require a more hands-on approach. Care is always provided by licensed healthcare professionals including nurses aides, registered nurses (RNs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Other day-to-day services like linens, housekeeping, meals, and recreational activities are included, and the costs for nursing homes can vary greatly depending on the level of care required, and location. Due to the fact that nursing homes have a comprehensive model of care, they are the most expensive option. Nevertheless, financial assistance is possible. Residents may be eligible under Medicaid or Medicare.  If not, the cost is paid out of pocket or through long term care insurance.

Continuum of Care Facilities offers independent living and medical care; slowly escalating the level of care as residents’ needs increase. These businesses offer a comprehensive level of care, and a signed contract is typically required before moving in. Fees vary based on services, needs, the local housing market, and contract length. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Facilities specialize in the management and care of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia — usually offering assistance with daily living, social activities, and medical care including administering medication. Payment is generally initiated using private funding, and, after a period of time, can include Medicaid funding. Be sure to check both the facility’s regulations and your local state requirements.

It’s helpful to note that different centers provide different services and varying levels of care, so before signing up, be mindful that the type of care you’re looking for matches what is offered.

What Are the Benefits to Alternatives of Adult Day Care?

While most alternatives to adult day care are more expensive, they could be a great option if you or your loved one requires a more comprehensive and hands-on level of medical care and assistance. Aside from in-home family care, senior living communities provide housing and access to other services 24/7, whereas adult day care communities have a closing time. 

The pros and cons will be completely dependent on need and budget and remember, most states offer waiver programs to help those in need find assistance. At Town Square, our highly experienced leadership team can help you sort out options for senior care as needs progress. We’ll help you learn about your coverage options to potentially reduce the cost to you. We are always here for you!

Town Square is committed to offering the best in adult day care, including innovative memory care and complete peace of mind with monitoring by dementia experts – learn more about how we may be the best option for you or your loved one.