Since its inception in 1983, the Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA) has provided leadership, education, planning and development of adult day services across Florida. Through the promotion of quality day services ranging from respite programs to adult day health centers, FADSA has established a reputation as a leader in education, training and advocacy within the long-term care industry.
WHAT ARE ADULT DAY SERVICES?
Adult day service (ADS) centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting.
Services are designed to provide friendship, social, nutrition and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home. These programs enhance the quality of life for more than just the participant. They help the caregivers as well by offering respite from the daily demands and responsibilities and provide the ability for working caregivers to continue employment.
Many caregivers are in need of ADS programs because they too are elderly with multiple health problems or are employed.
Most centers generally operate during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evenings and on weekends.
ADULT DAY SERVICES HELP ATTENDEES BY PROVIDING:
- A break from being “cared for” by family.
- A boost in self esteem.
- Time to socialize and enjoy the day with friends.
- Celebrations and Parties.
- An enhanced appreciation in the quality of life
- Physical activities, pet therapy, memory games, conversation and social interaction.
- Personal care – help with toileting, grooming, eating and other activities of daily living.
- Nutritious meals and snacks.
- A heightened focus on health maintenance and prevention.
ADULT DAY SERVICES HELP CAREGIVERS BY PROVIDING:
- A break from daily tasks of caregiving.
- Time to continue to work and/or run a household.
- Free time to relax and enjoy the pleasures in life.
- Peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is being well taken care of and encouraged to have a happy day among friends.
- Better health and emotional results for everyone.
- Support and understanding from other caregivers.
- Education on wellness subjects for you and your loved one.
ADULT DAY SERVICES CHECK LIST
- Ask the center to provide you with any written documentation such as brochures, calendars and menus.
- Questions to ask when visiting a center:
- How many years has the center been in operation?
- Does the center have an adult day care license, and what was there Agency for Health Care Administration survey outcome?
- What are the hours of operation?
- Are transportation services offered?
- What is the cost?
- Hourly or daily charge, other charges?
- What type of payments are accepted?
- Is financial assistance available?
- Is specialized care provided for conditions such as memory loss?
- What is their admission criteria and discharge criteria?
- Do they have a nurse on staff?
- What is the staff/ participant ratio?
- What kind of training does staff receive?
- Do participants have access to services such as physical or occupational therapy?
- What type of activities are provided?
- Are meals and/or snacks provided? Dietary assistance?
Site Visit Checklist:
- Did you feel welcome?
- Were the center services and activities properly explained?
- Were you given information regarding staffing, programming, and costs?
- Is the facility clean, pleasant and free of odor?
- Is the building and site wheelchair accessible?
- Is the furniture sturdy and comfortable?
- Are there loungers and chairs with arms for relaxation if appropriate?
- Is there a quiet place in the center?
- Did the staff and participants seem cheerful and comfortable?
- Are participants involved in planning activities?