A Meaningingful Adult Day Program

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A Meaningful and Practical Adult Day Care Program

A Meaningful and Practical Adult Day Care Program

Introduction

There are many adult day care centres being set up throughout the country to care for

the elderly and provide respite to caregivers. These adult care centres provide a range

of health, social stimulation and therapeutic recreational programs in supporting

group settings. Clients attend adult day care centres for:

• Caregiver and family respite
• Waiting residential placement
• Health status monitoring
• Medication support & monitoring
• Therapeutic activities
• Access to health education
The adults that attend the programs set up by these adult care centres usually have
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This setting creates friendships and gives participants the opportunity to escape from a boring routine. It also allows participants to see other persons with limitations and provides the opportunity to help rather than be helped. Clients would be challenged to explore their full capabilities. Physical benefits include increased strength, flexibility and endurance.
As the client does this activity on a regular basis it increases their feelings of self-worth and motivation. When the client goes home from the adult day care program they would be motivated to do more which make it easier on the care giver.
My wife’s Grandpa and Grandma live in their own home and he has Alzheimer’s disease. Her Grandma was getting very tired of taking care of him so home care started to come in three times a day. This was hard on her and she needed some respite.
He was assessed to go to an adult day program five days a week. Before he went he could barely get out of his reclining chair and walk to the washroom without help. Now after two months in the program he can get up and do this on his own without help.
Grandma states that he has this extra strength and confidence because of the exercise group they do daily at the adult day program.
Lunch and Rest
This part of the day in an adult day program is very important. After a busy morning the client needs the opportunity to have a nutritional
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