Seymour and Nonprofit Partner To Provide New Adult Day Care Program
Peace of mind is foremost in the minds of most folks caring for elderly relatives and adult day care services are part of the continuum of care that many families need when providing for aging parents or other loved ones.
A geographic gap in adult day care coverage currently exists in the lower Naugatuck Valley area, requiring some Valley families to travel as far away as Stratford and Hamden to access adult day care, nearly 15 miles away. That’s 30 miles round-trip and it represents a long-haul and a hardship for many families.
But help is on the horizon. The Town of Seymour is collaborating with a local nonprofit on an effort to establish an adult day care program by renovating space on the top floor of the Seymour Community Center.
Social and medical services back to top
The nonprofit TEAM, Inc., which already provides area seniors with Meals on Wheels, transportation for medical appointments, and homemaking services, will provide the new adult day care service. The program will combine social and medical services so qualified care givers will be on site to administer medications – and that’s where the peace of mind comes in.
Unlike senior centers which offer socialization and entertainment, adult day care is more appropriate for people who are less independent and either can’t be left alone, or those responsible for their care don’t want them left alone.
Having medical management and socialization in the same place is the best of both worlds and it costs less than other options like long-term care.
Officials say adult day care programs can help senior citizens bridge the gap between remaining independent in the community with their families and when the time comes that long-term care is appropriate.