National Adult Day Services Week September 18 - 24

At work, you try to concentrate, but there’s only one thing on your mind; Is my elderly mother safe by herself at home? Or maybe you need to run errands, but your father-in-law, who lives with you, requires constant supervision. What can you do? 

There are more than 4,600 adult day services centers around the country that provide caregivers the chance to catch up on other responsibilities while their loved ones have an interesting, safe place to spend time. Perham Living opened an adult day services center earlier this year. 

“This is National Adult Day Services Week, an opportunity to make people more aware of the kinds of services that are available for adults who should not be left alone and provide caregivers a much needed break,” said Janet Severson, program director for Perham Living’s adult day services. 

About adult day services: 

Adult day services is a professional care setting in which older adults, adults living with dementia, or adults living with disabilities receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.

Adult day service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day. The goal is to be an extension of the home environment with caring, personalized service. Adult day services also afford caregivers relief from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. 

Although each facility may differ in terms of features, these general services are offered by most adult day centers: 

Social activities – interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for their conditions

Transportation – door-to-door services

Meals and snacks – participants are provided with meals and snacks, those with special dietary needs are offered special meals

Personal care – help with toileting, grooming, eating and other personal activities of daily living

Therapeutic activities – exercise and mental interaction for all participants 

The activities program is designed to provide a high degree of socialization and encourage friendships. A stimulating and fun-filled environment provides the best quality of life possible for adult day services participants. 

“Keeping a loved one at home for as long as possible is a goal that many families share,” adds Severson. “This is a terrific way to make that happen, while giving adult children, spouses, and other caregivers a relief from 24-hour responsibility, an alternative to expensive in-home care, and the assurance that loved ones receive needed nursing, medical, and social care.”

To learn more about Perham Living’s adult day services, contact Severson at (218) 347-1940.

Perham Living is a nationally recognized leader in older adult services offering post-acute care, home care, assisted living, adult day services, apartment living, memory care assisted living, and a nursing home community within its campus.