Why Enroll Your Aging Parent in an Adult Day Program

Since we launched Meetcaregivers, we have met many families who are looking for solutions to enable their aging parents to stay at home as long as possible rather than moving them to a nursing home.

Many wonder how they can keep their loved one at home, but also still engaged with the outside world. Families can hire a caregiver through and still enroll their loved one in an adult day program for a few hours a day, one or two days per week. The day program will enable them to socialize with a group of people for a few hours and also receive dedicated, quality care and companionship with their private caregiver when they are at home.

Different day programs charge different rates. Prices typically range from $25 to $120 per day. Each day program has its own planned program of services and activities. These services may include exercising, education, counseling, socialization, medication management, recreation, transportation, meals and much more.

There are certainly many other ways that you can keep your parents engaged in the outside world. Caregivers can also accompany their clients to senior center activities, meals out with friends, shopping trips, or other outings and activities.

I am a big fan of day programs for seniors. They enable seniors to socialize with others but also provide the necessary care services and companionship at home. A senior doesn’t have to attend every day. You can work out a schedule that works best for you and your loved one.

For more information about adult day programs in Massachusetts visit and select “Search for services,” call 1-800-AGEINFO (1-800-243-4636), or contact your local senior center, council on aging, or Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) for your area.

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