Searching for a senior daycare program for a loved one might seem overwhelming at first with several factors you need to consider, which is why going into an important decision with the right information can help you out. Whether it’s a medical, social, or specialized senior daycare program, check out these three tips for choosing a senior daycare program:
1) Where is the senior daycare Program located?
Is the senior daycare program able to be accessed easily by friends or loved ones? Does the program offer its own transportation services to take your loved one to/from nearby locations, or is this an extra charge you have to consider? The cheapest program that does not offer transportation services will end up costing you much more in the long run.
2) What type of care will your loved one receive?
Not all senior daycare programs offer senior activities and events, as well as medical care (such as personal care, check-ups, immunizations, etc.). Some seniors require an extra level of care too, so check to see if they accept seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, as well as those who may require extra assistance, whether they’re hard of hearing, vision problems, medication assistance, or even behavioral issues. Consider whether the senior daycare program has ample staff which meets state standards, as well as ensuring senior safety throughout the facility.
3) How much does the senior daycare program cost?
Is there a minimum number of days? How are you billed (daily, weekly, monthly)? What’s included in the cost, such as meals, snacks, activities, and services? Is there assistance available? Remember that Medicare does not pay for senior daycare programs, but Medicaid does. However, each state has standards for seniors to qualify for, so make sure you check your state’s requirements.