Friday April 27, 2018
Seniors who need extra support during the day may find that they benefit from a medical adult day program. A comprehensive day center can provide services that ensure safety and social engagement, and allows them to age-in-place in their own homes. If you think that your loved one would benefit from a senior day program, here are some things to know.
Social and Recreational Activities
Seniors who attend an adult day care program are able to participate in social activities, which is very important in reducing feelings of isolation, depressed mood and other related mental illnesses. Social activities at a senior day center may include volunteering, celebrating holidays and eating a healthy meal or snack while talking with friends.
Adult day care activities are often geared to the seniors’ interests but are designed by certified recreation therapists to reinforce important skills and meet social, physical and mental needs. Recreational activities may include memory enhancement exercises, such as word games, that are helpful in strengthening cognitive abilities while being enjoyable and appropriately challenging. Adult day care activities can also include exercise programs. There are many ways for seniors to exercise, including walking, stretching while in a chair, or engaging in stress reduction activities that provide benefits to overall well-being.
A medical adult day center will provide services that a purely social model will not. For example, medication management is an essential part of Abramson Medical Adult Day Services. Many seniors may forget the prescribed amount or to take their medications entirely, which can have profoundly negative effects on both health and safety.
At Abramson Medical Adult Day Services, an onsite nurse practitioner is available to monitor changes in the clients’ health and quickly implement interventions to prevent further decline. The staff can also identify the need for additional mental health services and put services in place to provide support.
A comprehensive medical adult day care program staffed by experienced recreation therapists, medical staff and professionals with geriatric experience helps ensure that clients receive needed services. Adult day care programs can help one’s senior years have purpose, while providing peace of mind for family, friends and caregivers.
Learn more about our Medical Adult Day Care Program by calling 215-371-3400.