Although you love to spend your time with an aging parent, you have a life that needs your attention. Despite your best efforts to devote time to keeping your elderly parent happy, healthy, and safe, doing so much eventually stress you out. No one wants their elderly parent to be alone, which is why adult day care programs are growing in popularity. In and around Eatontown, NJ, the number of adult day care facilities is on the rise, so how do you choose the right one for your aging parent?
The ultimate choice comes down to several things: license or accreditation, hours and cost, location, the level of care, and services provided.
A trustworthy adult day care center will meet the standard regulations for their state. The facility will also adhere to the guidelines set forth by the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA), such as having enough staff available at all times to ensure a high quality of care. An example of this would be the professionals at Caring Tree LLC. The staff is comprised of registered nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, beauticians, and social workers.
Hours & Cost
You need to know that the adult day care operates during the hours that are most beneficial to you, and what is included in the cost of those operations. Ask the facility upon calling (or when checking out the website) about the days and hours they are open, about the late arrivals and pick-ups, if transportation and meals are included in the cost, what activities are not included in the overall price, and if there is financial assistance available. Be sure to inquire about Medicaid or insurance acceptance too.
A major component in choosing the ideal adult day care facility is knowing its proximity to your elderly parent’s home, especially if you will be dropping them off at the beginning of the day. Keep in mind that it is not just the distance traveled but accessibility of the day care itself. Double check the layout of the campus, how your parent fares with entering and exiting, and if the surrounding environment is safe.
Level of Care
Determining if a facility is correct for your parent or not is often decided by what the care. Things to consider when choosing is whether or not the facility accepts handicapped elders, those with dementia, speech difficulties, special dietary requirements, or behavioral issues.
Caring Tree, for one, is determined to provide an equal balance of social activity as well as health care (therapies, exercise, mental stimulation, and general nursing practices) for everyone that walks through the doors.
When you schedule a meeting with the facility’s representatives, be sure to inquire about the following:
- Meals, like continental breakfasts, that are nutritionally balanced
- Hygienic care
- Beauty care
- Group and individual activities, such as arts and crafts, music, bingo, and celebrations
- Local outings
- Gentle stretch classes or meditation
- Encouragement of independence
- Ongoing medical monitoring, especially for those with chronic conditions
The services provided so accentuate the level of care while giving you peace of mind. You want your elderly parent to not only receive medical attention but also have a social life too. Caring Tree understands that, which is why we are sure to engage in all the aforementioned activities. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.
Though there are many adult day care facilities in Eatontown, NJ to choose from, we at Caring Tree hope you make the decision to join us. We invite you and your aging parent to join us for a visit and complimentary lunch so you can see the advantages of Caring Tree Adult Day Care for yourself.