George takes care of his sweet wife every day around the clock. She has Alzheimer’s which makes life challenging for both of them. In his desperation to get some help he called the Alzheimer’s Association and learned about adult day centers. He was leery at first but felt he needed to try something. After several days of seeing his wife enjoy her time at the day center and himself getting the rest he needed, he was convinced he had found his answer. Now he brings her to the day center three to four times per week and they both get more of what they need.
Utah has very few adult day centers, but the newest and nicest one is right here in Utah Valley. Aspen Senior Center in Provo specializes in assisting seniors with special needs—from those with memory challenges to those who are just frail and lonely. Adult day centers are designed to provide enjoyable activities along with needed assistance and supervision. Such centers provide for a wonderful social opportunity to all who come. They also provide much needed relief and respite to family caregivers, allowing them the freedom to go to work, take care of personal business or just rest while knowing their loved one is well cared for and safe.
The primary mission of adult day centers is to: 1) delay or prevent institutionalization by providing alternative and economical senior care, 2) enhance self-esteem and encourage socialization, and 3) provide respite to family caregivers. The Aspen Senior Center is licensed with the Utah Department of Human Services as an adult day care facility and follows the social model and the Cognasium model approved by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Adult day centers, like Aspen Senior Center, represent one of most economical senior care options for seniors wanting to stay at home or with loved ones. Some financial assistance may be offered through Medicaid, Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Family Service, Veterans Administration, and Mountainland Association of Governments.
Now may be a good time to consider an adult day center for your loved one.