Adult Day Programs Can Impact Daily Life
Are you beginning to think your loved one should no longer be at home alone all day, but you are not ready to move them into a full time facility? Whether the concern is for their safety or to prevent the side effects of isolation, adult day programs can create a positive impact on the daily life of your loved ones. An adult day program can provide a safe and stimulating environment where seniors can spend their days, while still being able to come home to their families at night.
These kind of programs can offer you the peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of during the day, allowing you to focus on other things such as work, caring for your children, or even free time.
Loneliness and Isolation
When an elderly person is isolated or feels lonely, their mental and physical health will be at risk. If seniors are left in isolation for long periods of time, it increases the risk they will be alone during a time of emergency, not allowing them to get the immediate care they need. Having a perceived feeling of loneliness can be the result of seniors being left alone for long periods of time and not participating in social activities. Social isolation can lead to seniors lacking a feeling of purpose in their life, which can cause depression or sadness. Depression in seniors can lead to physical problems such as a lack of appetite or an unwillingness to get out of bed, which can cause malnutrition and bedsores.
Physical and Cognitive Challenges
When an elderly loved one begins to have trouble completing daily tasks or shows signs of slow responsiveness, it may be time to consider an adult day program. Social isolation causes the decrease of cognitive performance. This can lead to seniors to feeling confused and incapable of caring for themselves. Simple decisions such as what or when to eat can become increasingly difficult for seniors left in isolation. For these reasons, it is extremely important for seniors to stimulate their minds on a daily basis by interacting in social activities.
Early Stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s
Cognitive decline is an early symptom of dementia or Alzheimer’s in individuals who have been experiencing consistent social isolation. An adult day program is one way to help subside the effects of cognitive decline. By having daily activities and peer interactions, cognitive functions will continue to develop rather than decline. Daily cognitive stimulation can help your loved ones stay sharp late in life.
Caregiver Respite and Support
An equally important aspect of an adult day program is the fact that it can offer caregivers a break. Caring for a senior every day can become a tiring and frustrating task and seniors are not the only ones who are at risk of social isolation. Caregivers can start to feel as though their entire life has become a full time job. Having to care for someone 24/7 does not leave much time for yourself. This can lead caregivers to having a feeling of depression as well. When caregiver’s have a break during the day, they have time to regroup and revitalized themselves.
Adult Day Programs Benefit Everyone
Signature Senior Services understands that adult day programs can have a positive impact on the entire family, not just the seniors who are being cared for. We provide a safe and fun environment that gives seniors a sense of purpose and belonging that will invigorate their spirit, while caregivers will feel a sense of relief as the pressure of constant care will be taken away from them. Our medical adult day care is fully equipped to provide quality healthcare for your loved ones. For more information on how we can help you and your loved one, contact us today.