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Adult Day Health Care

What Are Adult Day Health Care Centers? 

Adult Day Health Care Centers (ADHC) are licensed, community-based, day care programs providing a variety of health, therapeutic, and social services to frail seniors and adults 18 and over who are at risk of being placed in a nursing home. These centers stress partnership with the participant, the family, the physician, and the community in working towards maintaining personal independence.

The primary objectives of an Adult Day Care Health programs are to: 1) restore or maintain optimal capacity for self-care to frail elderly persons or adults with disabilities; and 2) Delay or prevent inappropriate or personally undesirable institutionalization.

Each Adult Day Health Care Center has a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who tend to the needs of the seniors and adult participants. The health professionals in these programs conduct assessments of each potential participant to determine and plan the care services needed to meet the individual's specific health and social needs. These centers are also required to have licensed nurses available to assist participants.

Adult Day Health Care services include: medical services; nursing and personal care services; physical, occupational and speech therapy; psychiatric and psychological services; social services; therapeutic activities; hot meal and nutritional counseling; and transportation to and from the center.

Adult Day Health Care programs are well suited for adults who have suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injuries or other physical, mental or memory impairments that include Alzheimer's Disease. These centers provide numerous health programs and social activities that help delay premature placements of frail elderly or adults 18 over with disabilities in nursing homes.

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