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Selecting an Adult Day Center for Your Loved One

Adult Day Centers provide a planned program that includes a variety of health, social and support services in a protective setting during daytime hours. This is a community-based service designed to meet the individual needs of functionally and/or cognitively impaired adults.

STEP #1 - Determine your needs. What specific services are important to the older person?

What do you, the caregiver, need?

Step #2 - Find adult day centers. Identify services in your area. For names and phone numbers of the adult day centers, try

Step #3 - Call first! Call adult day centers and ask for a flier or brochure, eligibility criteria, a monthly activity calendar, a monthly menu and application procedures

Step #4 - Know what to ask. Look for the following information in the material received.

Step #5 - Pay a visit. After reviewing materials, make an appointment to visit two or more centers that might meet your needs.

The following list will help you decide which day center is the right one for you.

Site Visit Checklist

Step #6 - Check references

Talk to two or three people who have used the center you are considering. Ask for their opinion.

Step #7 - Try it out

Select a day center. Try it for three to five days. It sometimes takes several visits for new participants to feel comfortable in a new setting and with a new routine. If you have questions or are experiencing any problems, ask for a conference.

Step #8Take care of yourself!


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