Adult day care is a planned program offered in a group setting that provides services that improve or maintain health or functioning, and social activities for seniors and persons with disabilities. The services offered can vary but are designed to meet the needs of participants during the day, while allowing individuals to continue living with their families or in the community. Examples of services provided include physical and speech therapy, medication management, mental health services and support groups. Some day care programs may provide services for a specific population such as people with Alzheimer's disease. Adult day care centers generally operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. A meal is typically provided as part of the program.
Adult Day Care Centers can meet two needs: 1) To provide adults with medical, health or functional needs to receive the services offered and an opportunity for social interaction; 2) To allow caregivers a regular means to continue to work outside the home while receiving help with the care of a loved one or a periodic break (respite) in which to attend to personal needs.
The Adult Day Care Services Search provides a listing of the more than 100 day care centers in Maryland. The inventory lists, for each center, contact information, hours of operation, and a list of services provided.
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, which is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, puts out the fact sheet: "Adult Day Care: One Form of Respite for Older Adults"
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