Adult day centers offer support, services and supervision to persons outside their home in independent centers or in churches or community centers for a few hours or several days a week. You're in the midst of making a very important and emotional decision. Here are some questions you should ask when visiting a center you're considering:
Is it clean and homelike?
Is the atmosphere warm and inviting?
Is there a waiting list? (How long is the waiting list?)
Do participants seem comfortable in their surroundings?
Is it licensed or certified?
Does the staff treat the clients/participants with dignity?
Does the staff have specific qualifications for their jobs?
Is there a plan of care for each person, and how is it monitored?
Do they have daily planned communication with caregivers?
Do the programs and activities match individual needs?
Are they open during the hours you need them to care for your parent/spouse?
Is there a daily recreational and activities plan?
Is transportation available?
Are there any special eligibility requirements, such as age or residency?
What are the costs?
Will Medicaid, state or private funding be available?
Is there an additional fee for Alzheimer's, MS, or Parkinson's clients?
Do fees change for beginning stage of Alzheimer's, MS or Parkinson's as opposed to end stage?
What are the written policies on fees and emergency procedures?
Is there access to medical staff if needed (i.e., nurse)?
Are there meals for special diets?
Is the staff trained in CPR and first aid?
Is there adequate space, furniture and equipment, both indoors and out?