Elderly Care Place to Visit
When you first began assisting your old mother or father in adjusting to their new retirement lifestyle, you were introduced to a variety of services that may assist senior people. If you believe your parent would benefit from being with others throughout the day but you are unable to offer that assistance due to your work, an adult daycare facility is often recommended as a solution.
Of course, the term “adult day care” may be distressing since it reinforces the idea of your adult parent as a baby who must be handled as such.
So, if you can, avoid referring to it as an “adult daycare” when you propose that you work together to locate a location where they can spend time during the day. The elderly person will immediately assume that you are just “putting him away” someplace so that he will not be a bother to you. You don’t want him to get that impression, do you?
Many elders, on the other hand, are willing to visit a senior citizen’s center or a religious program for the aged, both of which serve the same purpose. The easiest approach to discover the appropriate adult daycare scenario for your elderly parent is to go on a tour of what’s available in your area and make a choice together. To do so, you’ll need to come prepared with a list of relevant questions in order to feel comfortable allowing your mother or father to spend time there every day. Some such questions to include…
. Do they offer transportation to the town’s many assisted living facilities? Is that mode of transportation available all day? You don’t want your parent to visit the facility and get “trapped.” That will not be the case if transportation is available. Do they have competent medical personnel on hand in the event that an issue arises? On any given day, how many seniors are there? If there aren’t enough, it means the facility isn’t offering excellent service. If you have too many, your parent may become lost in the mix. If the stay is for the whole day, do you offer meals and beverages? If your father is diabetic or has other dietary limitations imposed by his doctor, is your foodservice attentive to these issues? How much will it cost?
Of course, your mother or father’s desire to attend to the daycare facility will be influenced by the activities available. Providing a venue for older men to cheer for the game or having other sports programs accessible throughout football season is a lot more enjoyable for your father than sitting alone in his apartment and watching the same sports.
If the daycare facility offers activities that appeal to both genders, as well as activities that everyone can enjoy, such as card games or puzzles, it may be a lively and enjoyable location for your parent to spend their time. You can get a sense of the friendliness of the staff and the general atmosphere of the center by spending some time there to see if it will be a warm and welcoming place where your parent will have fun and meet new people or a place where he will feel alone and out of place by spending some time there.
However, finding a reputable daycare facility for your elderly person may relieve a lot of stress. And if you know he’s having a good time and meeting new people every day, you know it’ll be good for him and energizing, so he’ll eat better and sleep better that night. And this addresses a slew of issues at once.