Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Adult Day Care and St. Francis Adult Day Center

What is adult day care?

Adult day programs offer daytime care for older adults and people with disabilities in a structured group setting.

What is the goal of adult day care?

Our primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for older adults by helping them maintain their functional abilities and avoid institutionalization for as long as possible. 

Who benefits from adult day care programs?

Adult day care is for older adults who are unable to stay at home alone, providing social stimulation to avoid depression and loneliness. Families also benefit, by allowing caregivers to drop off their loved one at a safe place during the day so they can continue to work. This helps prevents caregiver burnout.

What are the benefits of intergenerational activities for St. Francis Adult Day Center participants?

Participants whose grandchildren live far away can “adopt” children enrolled at the preschool, giving them unconditional love. They help socialize young children, have an opportunity to share their experiences and talents, and serve as role models.

How do I encourage my family member to attend adult day care?

Most older adults are reluctant to attend adult day care at first; yet, after a few days, the adult day center becomes a comfortable place to go. Most tend to think of it as going to “class.” The adult day center provides an opportunity for your loved one to socialize with other seniors in a group setting and participate in meaningful activities. Being home alone can lead to boredom, depression, loneliness, and more health complaints. 

As a caregiver, you could say that his or her doctor has recommended adult day care as a way to enhance his/her general health. A physical by a doctor is needed for enrollment in adult day care programs, including St. Francis Adult Day Center.

What types of activities are provided at St. Francis Adult Day Center?

Activities include intergenerational learning experiences with preschool students, arts and crafts, current events, exercise and therapeutic activities, music, games, field trips, and guest presentations.

How often should an older person attend adult day care?

Depending on the individual and family, a participant may attend St. Francis Adult Day Center two to five days a week.

What is the difference between adult day care and adult day health?

Adult day care is a supportive social-model of care while adult day health provides some nursing assistance and is required when an individual is totally incontinent and/or requires someone to administer medication while at the program. St. Francis Adult Day Center is an adult day care program.

Is adult day care covered by insurance?

Although adult day care is generally not covered by Medicare or health insurance, it may be covered by long-term care insurance.