This year, for the first time ever, the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers will include data on adult day centers. According to a recent blog post on NADSA.org (the official site of the National Adult Day Services Association), adult day centers across the country are encouraged to add their voices, to submit information to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (you can read more about their data collection process and review old surveys here) that will help this growing genre of care emerge as a desirable resource for caregiving families.
Sometimes, you’ll find an adult day center in assisted living or in a continuing care community; sometimes, it is a stand-alone facility. According to a study published by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, adult day is far from a “drop-off” spot for caregivers: nearly 90% of centers provide cognitive stimulation programs, almost 80% have professional nursing staff, and the direct care worker-to-participant ratio is an impressive 1:6. (Download the study here.)
Read more about this care option in our post, Adult Day Services 101, in which the director of home & community services at a Pennsylvania CCRC gives a general overview of adult day care and dispels the myths surrounding it.
Talk back: Have you used adult day services? Why or why not?