How can I help my loved one adjust to an adult day service?
Be patient. It might take some time for your loved one to feel comfortable at an adult day service — especially if your loved one has shown discomfort in group settings in the past or if your loved one has become withdrawn due to his or her health issues. Give your loved one a chance to get to know his or her new environment before deciding if a program is or isn't a good fit.
If your loved one has dementia, introduce him or her to an adult day service as early as possible. Your loved one will have a greater ability to adjust to an adult day service when he or she is still able to understand and enjoy its offerings.
Where can I find out more about adult day services?
You can locate adult day services available in your area by using the Administration on Aging's Eldercare Locator website. It will provide contact information for your state or local Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which can help you find care service providers. Also, check to see if your state has an adult day program association.
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