Choosing Between Assisted Living Facilities and Adult Day Care Programs
If your elderly loved one needs additional support in their daily lives, it can be difficult to decide which type of care facility is best. You want to provide them with the highest level of care without compromising their independence. Assisted living facilities are often suggested as the best option for long-term care, particularly for seniors who have suffered from a stroke or have degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s.
For those whose loved ones need constant supervision, assisted living facilities may seem like the best option. But there is another choice to consider that can provide a more personalized level of care while still enabling your loved one to live at home. New Generations Adult Day Care programs in South Carolina bring assisted care to seniors and their families without requiring permanent relocation or prolonged separation.
The type of care you choose for your loved one has a tremendous impact on their life and yours. We want you to feel confident in your choice while also knowing your loved one is getting exactly what they need. This overview of assisted living facilities and adult day care programs will help you weigh the pros and cons of each and get one step closer to making the right choice for your family member. If you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
What Are Assisted Living Facilities?
Assisted living is an umbrella term that describes a variety of long-term care facilities. Some are their own independent residential communities while others are connected to a nursing home or hospital. These facilities provide 24-hour supervision and support for senior citizens while minimizing their need to relocate and still preserving a certain degree of independence.
There are many assisted living facilities that are designed to serve people with specific needs such as individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, developmental delays and medical conditions.
In an assisted living facility, you can expect your loved one to have access to the following:
- 24-hour supervision
- Three daily meals served in a group dining room
- Medication management and assistance with healthcare
- Personal hygiene assistance such as bathing, using the restroom and getting dressed
- Recreational activities
- Senior exercise classes and wellness programs
- Laundry and housekeeping services
The type of services and level of care provided will vary depending on the facility. The best assisted living facilities will give senior residents the perfect balance between living independently and being in a nursing home. Those who require more hands-on 24-hour care will need a specialized facility staffed with nurses and medical personnel who understand the unique needs of their patients.
Cost is one of the biggest factors that influence someone’s decision to place their loved one in an assisted living facility. The cost averages between $6,000 to $8,000 a month, making it inaccessible for many people.
Disadvantages of Assisted Living Facilities
While they can be wonderful for elderly individuals and their families, assisted living facilities do come with some major setbacks you should know about. Researching these potential disadvantages is important because you are unlikely to ever find them mentioned by a facility itself.
Be mindful of:
- The extremely high cost of care
- Potential distance from family and a familiar environment
- Understaffing, which can result in negligent care and preventable injury and illness
- Possible limitations on visitation hours and restrictions on how long your loved one can be away from the facility
- Shared living quarters as private rooms are either not included or scarce. Living with a roommate may cause stress to your loved one that negatively impacts their mental health and overall quality of life
What is Adult Day Care?
More affordable and convenient for most families, adult day care programs offer flexible care packages that provide a secure, stimulating environment where senior citizens can spend their days. While you work and go about your life, your loved one can be surrounded by others and still receive the level of supervision, assistance and personalized care they need to stay safe and healthy.
New Generations day care programs in South Carolina cost approximately $12 an hour making them a much more affordable alternative. We have a registered nurse on staff as well as trained aides who are always there to supervise our guests. Our day care programs are customized to suit the needs of a wide range of people including seniors, veterans and adults over 18 with special needs.
We adopt a person-centered care approach and offer specialized programs to ensure everyone who attends New Generations has exactly what they need to be happy and healthy. Our adult day care programs include physical therapy assistance, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, stroke care and medication management.
There are always medical aides and a Registered Nurse on staff during operating hours. In addition to overseeing medication and daily health needs, our staff members are trained to identify the warning signs of health problems and medical emergencies common among seniors and administer swift first aid as well as life-saving techniques if needed.
Full-time adult day care typically costs around $1,500 per month compared to the $6,000 to $8,000 cost of assisted living facilities. We can also arrange hourly payment plans for attendees who only attend part-time and need a more flexible schedule. The cost of attendance changes depending on your needs, but the quality of care always stays the same.
At our day care centers in South Carolina, even those who require close supervision and assistance with daily tasks are encouraged to socialize and act as independently as possible. We believe in empowering all of our guests so they can lead active, fulfilling lives with a sense of dignity and purpose. In addition to participating in our community, every attendee gets the wonderful privilege of going home to spend time with their loved ones every night.
Quality Care and Safety Set Us Apart
We understand the tremendous amount of trust it takes to leave your loved one in someone else’s care. All of our staff members are passionate, dedicated, warm-hearted and well-trained. All of our programs are designed to put our participants in the best environment for them. We can accommodate any dietary or medical requirements including wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen tanks. With a nurse always on site, you can relax and know that your loved one is in good hands while they get to spend time with others and participate in exciting activities.
Adult Day Care Transportation
All of our participants and their families have access to our transportation services. We understand that scheduling conflicts and physical arrangements can be difficult, so we have wheelchair-accessible vans to transport our guests to and from their homes. Our drop-off and pick-up services are available for both part- and full-time New Generations participants.
Why Choose New Generations Over Assisted Living Facilities?
At New Generations, we believe that seniors and adults with special needs deserve a safe space where they can enjoy their days. Our attendees enjoy the support we provide and an opportunity to form friendships. While we recognize the value of assisted living facilities, we also believe that families belong together. We want to give your loved one a place to feel welcomed and celebrated for exactly who they are while providing their caretakers the freedom and flexibility they need to go to work and live their own lives.
We’re happy to offer a free trial day to show you our facility and ensure your loved one enjoys being at New Generations. To schedule an appointment and learn more about our day care programs in Florence and Marion, SC, contact us today!
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