Adult day care centers, also known as Elder Care or Senior Care Centers, can be public or private, non-profit or for-profit. In the Boston area, there are a number of both public and private Adult Day Care Centers. The staff usually includes a social worker, an activity director, and an activity aide, who often is a certified nursing aide (CNA).
Adult day care centers in Boston serve two primary purposes - to provide older adults an opportunity to get out of the house and receive both mental and social stimulation and to give caregivers a much-needed break for the day while ensuring that the care recipient will still receive the proper care in a safe, friendly environment. Adult day care centers in Boston usually operate during normal business hours five days a week, and some centers also offer additional services during evenings and weekends.
A well-run Boston adult day care center will focus on enriching the participants' lives, building upon their skills, knowledge, and strengths by providing programs for adults in a community-based group setting. These programs are generally planned to provide daytime social/health services to adults who need supervised care outside the home. Adult Day Health Care Centers may offer significantly more services.
Some of the benefits Boston Adult Day Care Centers offer are:
- The chance to live with family and not be a 24 hour burden
- Opportunities for social interaction with peers and mental stimulation
- A program of stimulating and entertaining activities
- Meals and snacks with provisions for special dietary needs
- Health monitoring (i.e., medications, blood pressure)
Social activities in adult day care centers in Boston can include crafts, cooking, exercise, musical entertainments and sing-a-longs or karaoke, field trips, games, gardening, holiday parties, music therapy, pet therapy and relaxation techniques.
Good candidates for adult day care are seniors who can benefit from the friendship and functional assistance a day care center offers, have a safety issue when left alone, and/ or may be physically or cognitively challenged but do not require 24-hour supervision. Adult day care center participants need to be mobile, with the possible assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair, and in most cases, they must also be continent.