The goal of nearly 90% of people age 65 and older is to stay in their own home as they age. Often referred to as “aging in place” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines this as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community, safely, independently, and comfortably.” What happens, however, when “living independently” is no longer an option?
Even as their healthcare needs increase and they come to require more assistance, most (82%) seniors would rather stay in their own homes. In many cases, this leaves family members faced with the challenges of caring for their loved one, while also trying to juggle work, home, and other family responsibilities.
Caregiver stress can be overwhelming, and caregiving doesn’t get easier with time.
According to Four Challenges to Aging in Place, a blog by Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, disability prevalence increases sharply with age. Approximately 12% of those between the ages of 65-69 show an increased disability in self-care, in comparison to 28% of those over 80. Mobility challenges show an even greater increase with 17% of those age 65-69, versus 39% of those over 80.
How can family caregivers honor their loved one’s wishes, continue to meet the day-to-day demands of ensuring their loved one is safe and well cared for, and manage their other responsibilities?
The answer may well be Adult Day Health Care.
Adult Day Health Care is a cost effective alternative to nursing home care that provides an array of comprehensive services designed to meet the needs and enhance the quality of everyday life for the participants. It offers health care programs and social activities for adults with physical disabilities and cognitive impairments, while supervising frail seniors who are unable to be alone for prolonged periods of time.
Adult Day Health Care includes health services, individual and group activities, and supportive services.
Health services consist of things such as skilled nursing care, medication management, therapeutic meals, and personal care. Individual and group activities can be therapeutic activities, entertainment and performances, daily exercise, and other specialized groups. Supportive services, such as caregiver support groups, prescriptions delivery, information and referral services, are also all services provided by an adult day health program.
An adult day health program allows the individual to continue to live at home while also receiving the daily care that many families simply cannot provide. It grants caregivers a break from the daily struggle of meeting their loved one’s needs and balancing their other responsibilities. Adult Day Health Care gives peace of mind for both the participant and their caregiver.
Community VNA offers three Adult Day Health Centers, located in Mansfield, Norwood, and Taunton. Each serves frail elders, adults with medical needs, and disabled adults of any age who need nursing care, services and supportive assistance during the day.
If you would like information on any of our Centers, please visit www.communityvna.com/services-overview/adult-day-health-care