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Adult Day Centres: An Important Resource For Caregivers
Source: The Care Guide
Caregiving is a rewarding but very difficult task! It's so difficult to
remain compassionate when the demands are unremitting. Even a short break can
leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Research has shown that frequent breaks
of short duration are even more beneficial than occasional breaks of longer
duration. Less readjustment time is required on behalf of the caregiver and
their loved one when the breaks are short and regular.
Attendance at an Adult Day Centre is an important part of an overall plan to
ensure that your loved one can remain in their own home for as long as is safely
possible. Many individuals attend a Centre for twice or even three times a week
The most immediate and obvious benefit to the caregiver is the respite that this
regular five hour break from responsibilities presents.
Respite is only one of the many benefits that come with attendance at an
Adult Day Centre. Each Centre has a nurse who is responsible for health care
monitoring. This can help to reduce the frequency of visits to the doctor's
office for routine monitoring. Weight, medication management and blood pressure
are only a few of the concerns that are tracked by the Adult Day Centre nurse
There are opportunities to participate in foot care and flu shot clinics and the
nurse is always available to give advice and listen to concerns.
A full range of therapeutic activities is made available to each client. The
types of therapeutic programming are dependant upon the client needs and
interests. Each day, the participant is also encouraged to participate in a
therapeutic exercise program that is adapted to their needs.
The many psychosocial benefits of attendance add value to the Adult Day
Centre experience. There is an opportunity to participate in community events
and to form new friendships. The Centres also offer programs that develop
social skills and provide emotional and psychological support.
This service is available in most communities within BC. It is not often
advertised since the Centres are usually operated by registered charities or
non-profit agencies that are under contract to provide the service to a specific
geographic area. You can learn more about this valuable service by contacting
your local Community Health Centre or Health Authority. Why not call today to
take advantage of the many benefits an Adult Day Centre can offer you and your
loved one? Care and support are just a telephone call away.
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