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Adult Day Health Centers


WHAT ARE ADULT DAY SERVICES?

Adult Day Health Care centers are designed to meet the physical, functional, and social needs of elderly and disabled adults who are unable to live totally independently.

Medical Services:

• Medication assessment and  management in
  collaboration with the client’s physician
• Ongoing health assessment and care of medical
  and mental health conditions
• Management of diabetes and other chronic
  illnesses
• Incontinence and colostomy care
• Proper nutrition
• Personal care
• Physical, occupational and speech therapy

Activities Program:

• Supervision
• Social interaction
• Companionship
• Therapeutic and cognitively stimulating activities
• Musical interactions
• Daily exercise
• Quiet area for relaxation and reading
• Dementia specific activities (this may vary in
  different sites)

Social Services:

• On-going counseling and support for participants
  and their families
• Referrals for services such as housing,
  transportation, in-home care, or mental health
  services
• Assistance determining eligibility for various
  services and benefits

Typical components of an adult day health care center include:

• General health and nutrition teaching
• Two nutritious meals and a snack daily
• Social and recreational activities
• Supervision and education regarding medication
• Coordination of care with the individuals primary
  care physician
• Education and support of caregivers
• Transportation can be arranged

Adult day health care centers may vary in hours and days of operation and some specialize in Alzheimer’s care. Referrals to the centers can be made by anybody including clients and caregivers.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Adult Day Services Association: http://www.madsa.net/

For more information on eligibility of Adult Day Services, contact your local Aging Service Access Point (ASAP): http://www.800ageinfo.com

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