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About Adult Day Care

EldercareAdult day care services have been around for about 35 years. A survey completed in 2009 put the number of adult day care centers at 4,600 nationwide. The survey by Partners In Caregiving also indicated that at least twice as many centers are needed as are currently available.

Adult day services offer an ideal alternative to caregivers by providing a daytime care environment outside of the home. Here is a program where a loved one could be nurtured, stimulated and provided medical care and at the same time provide a welcome relief for the caregiver.

Adult day centers have had a difficult time surviving. In many areas the services would be used but they are simply not available to families. Beginning next year Medicare should start paying for adult day care services in lieu of home health services. This will greatly expand the availability of this valuable service.

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