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Q: What is an adult day center?

Posted April 24, 2013 in Advice Column, Boone

A: An adult day center provides a planned program of activities for adults designed to promote overall health and well-being through social and health-related services. Typically, adult day services are available during the day Monday through Friday, and provide a safe, supportive, and cheerful environment.

Health services provided may include nutritious meals, monitoring of vital signs, health support and resources. Entertainment may include arts and crafts, music and sing-alongs, mental stimulation games such as bingo, gentle exercise, discussion groups, holiday and birthday celebrations and local outings.

When is the best time to consider an adult day center? If you or a loved one have been highly independent and have always cared for others, it might be difficult to allow “strangers” to help care for you or your family member. As with any type of service, it is best to explore what is available before your need or the need of your loved one becomes urgent.

According to ElderCare Online, it is best to seek adult day services when one can no longer structure his or her own daily activities, is isolated or could benefit from companionship, can’t be safely left alone at home, lives with someone who works outside the home or who is frequently away from home for other reasons and requires caregiver support.

Benefits from attending an adult day program include regaining a sense of purpose, feeling useful and productive and enjoying the comfort of others.

Information provided by Angela Lewis, supervisor, Beckwith Family Adult Day Services, 1111 S. Linn S., Boone, (515) 432-2275,

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