I just received my daily text from my loved one with demetia that she is “on the bus”. She attends an adult day health program five days a week. The bus picks her up at her residence and returns her mid afternoon.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to send her. For those not familiar with the program, it is a day care program for adults. They provide care and companionship for adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. It allows caregivers respite and/or time to work.
There are two types of adult day care: adult social day care and adult day health care. Adult social day care provides social activities, meals, recreation, and some health-related services. Adult day health care offers intensive health, therapeutic, and social services for individuals with serious medical conditions and those at risk of requiring nursing home care.
For my sister it is an opportunity for her to be engaged and less isolated. She has early onset dementia and currently resides in an assisted living facility. At age 58 she is much younger than the other residents. The programs at her residence are not all age appropriate for her and she tends to stay in her room. During COVID isolation the day program was not available, understandably so. I saw the negative impact of the isolation on my loved one. I know now that the lack of stimulation and isolation will negatively impact her and accelerate the dementia.
Eventually the quarantine was lifted and adult day health reopened. She attends 5 days a week again and looks forward to it. Her morning routine includes waiting for the bus in the front of her residence. And when I receive my text “on the bus”, I know she is safe and happy for today.
HartFelt wishes of gratitude for all our adult day centers and their employees