What’s The Difference Between Our Senior Day Care And A Senior Center?

October 21, 2016

You may have many options when it comes to deciding where your loved one spends their day. A senior center may be a good alternative and will depend on the circumstances of the person and their level of independence. But if they are in need of assistance with care, mental stimulation, a nutritious lunch and snacks, bathing and more, a senior day care is what they need.

Senior day programs and senior centers vary widely in how and when they serve the needs of your loved one. Let’s go over the major differences as well as a summary of the care we can provide at Arise Cares senior day care.

Senior Day Care Vs. Senior Centers

Senior Day Care

Elderly man and adult woman looking at bookOur senior day care program is designed for those who need support for medical conditions. From Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory loss issues to age related illness, chronic condition or disability. Our senior day care is here to provide assistance with physical or cognitive care for your loved one so you can continue to work, run errands during the day or take a well-needed rest.

If your loved one is isolated, needs assistance with their physical or cognitive challenges or needs socialization and wants to remain in their own home or in your home, a senior day care is the perfect fit.

Our adult day care offers activities that are adapted to fit the needs of the participants, are more structured and are done under supervision. We also accommodate special diets, assist with medications, eating, walking/mobility, toileting, bathing, and health monitoring (e.g., blood pressure, food or liquid intake).

Those who attend adult day centers aren’t independent enough to use senior centers, but do not require the 24-hour supervision offered by nursing homes and assisted living facilities. One of the main goals of an adult day center is to bridge this gap and help adults stay active in their community, receive care during the day and stay out of institutions for as long as possible.

At Arise Cares, our senior day care is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Centers

Basically, a senior center is made for those 50+ who are able to care for themselves. Typically they only provide activities that the senior can manage without assistance, no medical attention or assistance with care needs. They are geared toward those looking only to socialize and play, often with dance rooms, game rooms, craft rooms, libraries, computer labs and other activities. Each center is different in what they offer and is often based on funding availability.

People who spend time at senior centers can get around on their own, have the mental capacity to decide where they will go and what they will do, and are able to attend to their own medical needs.

When you’re ready to talk or need extra advice, give us a call or request one of our staff members to call you back.