When you become the care taker for an elderly relative sometimes the one thing we forget about while doing everything else for them is keeping them entertained. At least I know I did. I am currently one of a few people who is helping to take care of an elderly relative. We are doing all we can to make sure she is getting the best care ever. A few weeks ago we were told that she was not in the best of moods she was either angry or crying. She was really only happy when family came to visit or she was able to get out for a little while. So in trying to figure out ways to help her it was suggested that we enroll her in adult daycare.
Now I have seen adult daycares before but I really thought nothing of them. I mean I always wondered what they did there. I just couldn’t imagine adults needing daycare. But now we had to research some. I of course wanted to find the best one that would help and fit within budget. So I researched and found one that was pretty perfect. I went and did a tour. I never ever thought that I would ever have to do this. Like you tour the place like you would for your child. The adult daycare that I found has memory practice (this is important because the family member has some memory issues), bible study, they do activities with them like coloring, and serve lunch. They also do field trips. They also have an open door policy. The family and I can drop in whenever we want.
Since starting to attend the adult daycare my family member has improved so much. She is almost back to her self. She is back to smiling and laughing. She seems to enjoy going. Well that’s what she tells us I can see a change in her. Adult daycares are really beneficial to senior citizens:
- Change of scenery: It gives them a much needed change of scenery. Some seniors either stay in their home or at an assisted living place a majority of the time. That can become boring to them sometimes and cause them to act out. It can also make them a little stir crazy. Imagine not being able to go and come as you please like you use to. I promise you would go a little crazy to.
- Socialization: Senior citizens will get to socialize at adult daycare. They are getting to meet new people and faces that they aren’t often around.
- Freedom: It gives them a little freedom to get away from their current situation. They to focus on other things rather than wat they are currently dealing with.
Our adult daycare experience has been really good. My family member is happier than she has ever been. I am starting to see glimpses of her old self. She is definitely in higher spirits. So if you are a caregiver I definitely recommend looking into an adult daycare. Whether they are living at home or in an assisted living place I think seniors should have the opportunity to get out and interact with different people and this is a great way to do it.