3 Benefits of Adult Day Care for a Senior with Dementia

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Seniors with dementia obtain a number of benefits from adult day care programs.

Maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning, social connections, and engagement in enjoyable activities is crucial to our health and wellbeing, regardless of age or infirmity. Yet when an older loved one is diagnosed with dementia, achieving these goals can become a challenge. This is where adult day care programs are invaluable, providing regular, ongoing opportunities for personal fulfillment and development specific to each person’s individual ability level.

Not only that, but there are some significant perks for seniors who routinely attend adult day programs, and for the family members who provide care for them:

  1. Enhanced safety and security. With supervision and monitoring of attendees by trained and experienced health care professionals, the risk is dramatically reduced for falls, wandering, self-harm from aggression or other difficult behaviors in dementia, and other dangers.
  2. Hygiene and health care. Preferred adult day programs provide on-site nursing services, such as vital signs checks, blood sugar testing, and medication administration, as well as help with personal care needs and even therapy services – a one-stop-shop for the care a senior with dementia needs.
  3. Respite care for families. For family caregivers providing care for a senior with dementia at home, taking regular breaks for self-care is crucial to both their own physical and mental health, and that of their senior loved one. Adult day programs offer the dual opportunity for family caregivers to get the rest they need, while their senior loved ones enjoy a stimulating and enjoyable environment.

While many seniors settle right in to an adult day program, understand that there is often an adjustment period, especially for those with dementia. It’s important to allow some time for the senior to transition, to become comfortable with the surroundings, new people, and routine. It typically doesn’t take long for those with dementia to begin to thrive with opportunities to explore and engage in the varied activities, and to form friendships with other participants, as well as staff.

At Innovative Senior Solutions, we’re pleased to offer adult day health centers in a home-like atmosphere for older adults with cognitive difficulties. Our centers are Medicaid-approved and provide a full range of services and activities, including:

  • Nutritious meals and help with eating
  • Nursing and personal care
  • Fun and engaging activities every day
  • Field trips
  • Socialization and friendships
  • Transportation to and from the center
  • And so much more

We’d love to offer you a tour of one of our Georgia adult day health centers, to answer any questions you may have, and to share more about how our programs can benefit a senior you love who is challenged by dementia. Call us any time at 866-409-0582.

Nursing Homes vs. Personal Care Homes: Which Is Right for You?

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It’s important to know the differences between nursing homes and personal care homes.

As we grow older, there’s a common belief that life in a nursing home is inevitable. And while many seniors resign themselves to the prospect of living in a large facility, the truth is that there’s another lesser-known option to consider: a personal care home.

Personal care homes offer the best of both worlds: all the comforts of a cozy, homelike environment, combined with professional around-the-clock care and support. Nestled into residential neighborhoods just like any other home, personal care homes limit the number of residents, offering a higher staff-to-resident ratio, and ultimately, better care.

And because the number of residents is small, seniors enjoy the sense of community personal care homes offer, forming strong social bonds – something that’s more difficult to achieve in a facility environment such as a nursing home.

While all personal care homes differ in amenities, you can typically expect:

  • Private or semi-private rooms or suites
  • Assistance with personal care needs, such as bathing, getting dressed, using the toilet, etc.
  • Homestyle meals
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • 24-hour monitoring, supervision and support
  • Fun, engaging activities, both onsite and out in the community
  • And much more

Older adults and their loved ones who are seeking an alternative to moving to a nursing home and the ability to maintain independence, enhance safety, and form friendships in a family-like environment will find the perfect solution from Innovative Senior Solutions.

Our personal care homes, available throughout southwest Georgia, offer the best of both worlds for older adults who are living alone and experiencing isolation and loneliness, or who could benefit from having professional care assistance available as needed around the clock. Our senior residents even enjoy transportation to our adult day health centers for additional socialization and engagement, if they choose.

Innovative Senior Solutions’ founders are both registered nurses and lifelong residents of Georgia, with personal and professional experience in caring for older adults, and are pleased to have received numerous awards over the years for exceptional work and dedication to our community. Partnering with Innovative Senior Solutions for your aging care needs means the seniors you love will receive the high quality, trusted and dedicated care they deserve.

The mission of Innovative Senior Solutions is to improve the lives of seniors by ensuring each client has a perfect care experience. To achieve this, each of our team members is expertly trained to offer compassionate and comforting care, treating the senior you love just like family.

If you’d like to learn more about our company or our personal care homes, arrange for a tour, or simply request additional resources about care options for older adults, please contact us any time at 866-409-0582.