Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Respite Center services are community-based group programs with specialized plans of care designed to meet the day-time needs of individuals with functional and/or cognitive impairments. Adult day centers provide this comprehensive and structured care in a protective setting and generally operate during normal business hours five days a week. Some centers offer services in the evenings and on the weekends as well.
Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Respite Center services can help people with disabilities live at home and postpone or avoid nursing home or assisted living care. The centers provide important respite to informal caregivers and help to those caregiving family members or friends who juggle work with caregiving responsibilities by providing services and supervision during working hours.
Almost all Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Respite Centers offer some personal assistance and therapeutic activities, but vary in the extent of the services. Many centers focus on the provision of non-medical services including: transportation, meals, and social opportunities. However, some centers adhere to a more medical model of care by offering a range of health services, including weight and blood pressure monitoring and distribution of medications, provided by a nurse on staff.
Services provided include activities such as memory stimulation, reality orientation, music and art, current events, guest speakers, games, field trips, appropriate physical activity for body tone and strength, pet therapy, and gardening. Many centers offer intergenerational programs. In addition, activities are individualized for each participant’s needs and level of functioning. All Ault Day Care programs provide breakfast or morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack which meet USDA nutrition requirements.
Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Respite Centers serve individuals 60 years of age and older, as well as individuals of any age with a diagnosis of Dementia. Also, of chronic conditions including physical disabilities, and mental retardation/developmental disabilities, among others. Because of their disabilities, a number of participants require assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
Application for Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Respite Center services is made by contacting the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living. For application materials and specific information as to what identification materials, medical and insurance information, as well as what income and asset documentation is needed for reduced fee services, contact the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging.
If you have any questions about these services please contact:
Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living
699 Perimeter Drive
Lexington, KY 40517
(859) 269-7917 (FAX)