Wednesday March 18, 2015
For seniors who wish to remain in their own homes, but need daytime medical and social support, medical adult day services, like the Abramson Center’s Medical Adult Day Center, provide another way to age with choice.
The Benefits of Medical Adult Day Services
Integrating medical care alongside social and recreational programs, medical adult day services works to enhance social, emotional and physical well-being. As in traditional social model day cares, seniors benefit from social interactions by participating in recreational activities. However, in a medical model they can also receive help with things like medication management and bathing, participate in therapy interventions to strengthen, retrain and maintain both physical and mental capabilities, and take advantage of medical services coordinated by a staff nurse practitioner and other health professionals. It is important to research a facility that is clean, bright and cheerful with qualified medical and recreational staff that can offer a variety of meaningful social activities. Look also for healthy meals and snacks served daily, which is important for maintaining good health.
Designed to meet the needs of a wide range of seniors, individualized care is an important component of medical adult day services. Seniors enrolled in a medical adult program are often provided with a care plan designed for their specific needs. Plans are developed by the program’s medical and recreation staff in consultation with the senior, their physician and any formal or informal caregivers. Plans should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Participation schedules also vary according to needs - with some seniors choosing to attend just one half-day a week while others attend full-time.
For seniors who wish to remain in their own homes, medical adult day services can provide the support and care that they need to live independently and vibrantly. For more information on how medical adult day services can help, call Abramson Care Advisors free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 215-371-3400.