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Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

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Most seniors are keen on staying in their homes as they age, but family caregivers often struggle to meet their loved ones’ needs and still carve out time for work, family time, hobbies, social engagements, and leisure time. Caregivers can become overburdened quickly, and it is crucial to seek out help to keep from getting burned out. Other family members and friends are frequently recruited for assistance, but these people have busy schedules, too, and are only willing to contribute so much of their time. In-home care is an excellent option, but some families are nervous about inviting a stranger into their home and the one-on-one dynamic isn’t a good fit for every senior. The only other option would appear to be a move to senior living, but there is one type of respite that falls in the middle of the elder care spectrum and allows seniors to stay in their homes: adult day care. 

The Benefits of Adult Day Services: Adult day service is a mutually beneficial answer to the notorious respite care conundrum that so many seniors and caregivers face. There are different...

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