When you realize that your loved one cannot be safely left alone or may experience anxiety by being left alone. Day Cares are secure facilities in which the staff is there to supervise them while engaging them in fun activities.
As your loved one becomes more secluded and limit their interaction with others it is time to consider an Adult Day Care. Isolation or loneliness continues be associated with the risk of developing Dementia. Solitude has been tied to a quick cognitive decline in many healthy seniors.
Lapse in memory gradually happens as we age. However cognitive decline is not just simple memory lapses. Look for the following signs: hallucinations, wandering, depression, anxiety, having trouble with daily tasks.
Approximately 68% of adult day care clients live at home with an adult child or spouse. Caregivers often feel trapped and suffer from depression, cardiovascular disease, and early death. They begin to neglect their own health. There is often a significant decline in a caregiver's health as the care recipient's health declines.
Initially the hardest part about adult day care is convincing your loved one to attend for the first time. The term "adult day care" is difficult for an accomplished person to hear. Hence, the name Legacy Care Club. The three most convincing ways of enticing them to attend: encourage them to attend as a volunteer; review the activity schedule and select a day full of activities they may like; or ask for help from a third party such as a doctor or social worker. Check out this article for more tips on how to convince your parent to attend adult day care.
Socialization – Isolation can lead to depression. Key to Adult Day Care facilities are socialization, interaction with peers, staff, and the many volunteers. They provide companionship outside of their caregivers. The benefit for the caregivers is that their loved one no longer relies on them alone for social interaction.
Exercise – Adult Day Care facilities include exercise in their daily programs. Physical fitness is key for seniors not only physically but also mentally. Balance helps prevent falling. As we age our bones become more fragile; falling can easily break your bones. Mentally, exercise may relieve some of the symptoms of cognitive impairment such as depression and anxiety for many suffering from Dementia. It may even lower the risk of getting Dementia for people who are already suffering from cognitive issues.
Safety - Adult Day Care facilities are secure and the clients are supervised by staff. Leaving them at home could lead to wandering or injuries while no one is at home.