If your parent has some health issues that prevent them from being left alone, yet they enjoy the freedom of being able to roam around, an adult day care center can be the best choice. What you need to make sure of is that you select a space that your parent would enjoy going to. Keeping active while older is one of the best methods to a better memory and a longer, high-quality life. Here are some options to look for in a day care for your parent.
Plenty of green space
If your parent likes to be able to walk around or enjoys space alone, finding an adult day care with land attached may be a place that your parents agree to go to. A place with a pond, walking trails, and pretty flowers or shady trees mean that your parent can walk outside and get some alone time while enjoying their surroundings. Be sure that the land is not too extensive or nearby a heavily wooded area so that there is little chance that your parent will wander off or get lost and hurt.
Just like kids enjoy field trips, older adults still like the option of being able to go out and do the things they prefer. Even if your parent does not go on all of the outings, select an adult care center that offers field trips to places such as bowling centers, shopping areas, and other indoor activities several times a week. This will give your parent the option to get out with friends or to have a quiet day reading and participating with games as they please.
Therapists and medical staff available
If the reason that your parent can no longer be left alone is due to medical reasons, it will give you peace of mind if your parent is in a facility with medical staff available. If your parent sometimes has issues that require medical attention or if they are prone to slipping and falling, medical staff being around mean that they have a better chance at healing immediately if something happens. If your parent has trouble getting around due to hip or joint problems, an on-staff therapist being able to work with them during the day mean less medical appointments elsewhere and a better chance at gaining mobility. Be sure to discuss your parent’s medical issues with the staff before enrolling them in the daycare.