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Adult Day Services Are a Growing Source of Long-Term Care

 

  • More than 1000 participants and family caregivers are serviced in NH through Adult Day Programs.

  • Some programs focus on a specific population

    • For example, those who share a similar cultural or ethnic background, younger adults with head injuries or developmental disabilities or those with Alzheimer’s disease

Adult Day Services Are an Essential Source of Support for Family Caregivers

 

  • Adult day services provide a reliable source of support, restore balance in times of crisis, and enhance the overall quality of life for caregivers.

 

  • Adult day services provide respite to family caregivers.

 

  • Most participants attend full and half days attending 5-7 days per week, enabling family caregivers to remain in the workforce.

 

  • Most centers provide caregiver support programs, including educational programs, caregiver support groups and individual counseling.

Adult Day Services Provide Comprehensive Skilled Health Care

 

  • A full range of interdisciplinary professionals meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of participants and family caregivers.

  • All NH adult day centers have nursing professionals, some also offer social work, case management services and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

  • There is one direct care worker for every 8 participants, facilitating individualized, person-centered care and enabling staff to care for increasingly complex needs.

  • Adult day service programs serve as an emerging provider of transitional care and short-term rehabilitation following a hospital discharge.

Adult Day Services Are Leaders in Community-Based Care for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

 

  • Adult day services programs provide an interactive, safe, and secure environment.

  • Nearly half of all participants have some level of dementia.

  • The care provided may allow these individuals to delay nursing home placement.

Adult Day Services are preferred Platform for Chronic Disease Management

 

  • There is an increase in disease-specific programs offered in centers to address chronic conditions.

  • More than ever, adult day services participants have higher levels of chronic conditions and disease, such as hypertension, physical disability, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, and developmental disability.

  • There is a heightened focus on prevention and health maintenance — most centers offer physical activity programs to address cardiovascular disease and diabetes.