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What is Social Adult Services? Social adult day services (SADS) are an important component of the community-based service-delivery system that helps to delay or prevent nursing home placement and the need for other very costly services, while providing vital assistance to the older person with cognitive and/or physical impairments and supporting their informal caregivers.

Research demonstrates that caregivers who experience stress and burden are more likely to "burn out" and thus, place their loved ones in an institution, directly impacting Medicaid spending for skilled nursing home care. Social Adult Day Services can help to ease the burden on caregivers by providing them with time to take care of other needs and address other priorities; the service also allows many caregivers to continue to work. At the same time, it addresses the basic needs of the individual needing care in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment.

Social Adult Day Service is a structured, comprehensive program that provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care, and nutrition in a protective setting. The program also may provide other services and support, such as: transportation, information and assistance, and caregiver assistance.

In addition to addressing the individual’s care needs for assistance in activities of daily living, these programs provide a secure environment and therapeutic activities aimed at helping participants to achieve optimal physical and mental/cognitive functioning.

They improve the quality of life for older adults by reducing social isolation, and increasing social and community engagement. By doing such, they prevent or delay further deterioration and the need for more expensive services. In addition to improving quality of life for functionally impaired adults, SADS services also improve quality of life for informal caregivers by giving them a break from their ongoing caregiving responsibilities and providing them with a feeling of confidence that their loved one is in a safe environment.

Who uses the Adult Day Health Care Center? The day care is open to individuals who are 18 or older, are in need of rehabilitative services or have medical/physical impairments that need to be monitored throughout the day. We understand caregivers have jobs, personal needs and family needs and we are here to help care for loved ones while they take care of other important life issues.

When is the right time to choose an Adult Day Health Center for my loved one? Every care situation is different, and there are a number of options to choose from including homecare and other resources in addition to adult day services.

ADHC Services can be a good choice if you have significant care needs and have had difficulty with managing your care at home and/or you find yourself socially isolated due to your disability.

You should consider an adult day care program when the person you care for:
  • appears unable to provide routine daily activities for themselves
  • cannot be safely left alone
  • becomes isolated from others for more than a few hours a day and needs activities, misses companionship, stimulation, and socialization
  • lives with someone who is away on a regular daily basis
  • Do you need help caring for a relative or love one?
  • Are you worried about his or her safety when you can’tbe around?
  • Are you leaving your relative at home often when you need to work or run errands?
  • Are you frequently taking time off from work?
  • Would you feel better if you knew your relative could have a meal, get some exercise, receive assistance and suppression, and enjoy social company during the day?
  • Has your relationship with your loved one become strained as care requirements have increased?
  • Is your family member feeling isolated by not having the company of other people?

If you can answer ‘”yes “to even one question, then you might start considering adult day services as an option. It is normal to feel guilty or feel you may be shirking responsibility by asking for help. It is also normal for a family member to be resistant to the idea at first. If you make the decision to consider Adult Day services, be prepared for an adjustment period. Remember that as a caregiver, it’s just as important to care for yourself; you’ll provide better care and support when you have less stress.

Who Benefits From Adult Day Services? Harmony Adult day centers provide family members and loved ones with needed respite from their 24/7 caregiving responsibilities, so they can continue to provide care for their loved one(s), and remain productive members of the workforce.

According to the New York State Office for the Aging, there are more than 136,000 people 85 years or older living in the State. This population will increase by 127% in the next 10 years. It is estimated that 95% of the frail elderly in our communities receive at least one type of care from family and unpaid caregivers.

There is a tremendous need for adult day services in New York State. This need for services should not be underestimated. Without access to services, the physical and mental health of many adults and their caregivers may deteriorate.

Participant/Client Benefits
  • Improved health and sense of well-being
  • Care provided by consistent qualified staff
  • Improved nutrition
  • Therapeutic services
  • A structured and safe environment
Caregiver Benefits
  • Counseling and tips about caring for a loved one
  • Support to families in their caregiving role
  • Care for a loved one while the caregiver works, addresses other responsibilities, takes care of oneself, and/or needs respite

Who will pay for services? If a participant is contracted with a Managed Long Term Care Plan and they are receiving assistance through the plan with Activities of Daily living, then Medicaid will pay for the services. However, if a participant wants to only participate in social adult day services, Medicaid will not pay for the services.

Long Term Care Insurance – Many long term care insurance plans will cover social adult day service, just as long as they have the appropriate rider in their policy.

Private Pay – Services can also be paid for by a family member via a weekly draft from a credit card. In addition, if a family has a trust, services can be paid via the trust as well.

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                   NY-10455
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