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Assistance with Activities of Daily Living

If your loved one is physically or mentally disabled and can't perform activities of daily living independently, staff in an adult day center may be able to help. If medically indicated, staff at an adult day center may assist your loved one with:

  • Walking
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Supervision of personal hygiene, possibly including bathing. Some centers even have tubs and showers available. However, it is important to understand that a center cannot directly provide all the personal care services a participant needs during the day.

Eligibility

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Generally, an adult day center will work to train the participant to be more independent in personal care following an illness, injury or a medical condition, such as a stroke, that significantly affects a person's ability for self-care. If your loved one is in need of considerable assistance with personal care and retraining is not successful, an adult day center may not be the proper setting – consider Assisted Living Facilities or Nursing Homes as other options, or even look into hiring a personal care aide to come into your loved one's home.

Some centers will accept participants who need to be fed, but many will require the person to be able to feed him or herself. It is important to ask what specific personal care services the center can offer if you are in need of this level of assistance.