Adult day care centers are key providers of long-term care services. They provide activities, health monitoring, socialization and assistance with daily activities. These programs allow individuals to continue to live in their homes and to receive needed care in a supportive, professionally staffed, community-based setting. Adult day care also benefits family caregivers, enabling them to remain in the workforce or take needed respite. Educational programs and support groups are also tailored to caregivers.
These programs provide cost-effective care while supporting individual autonomy, allowing individuals to age in place. This enhances quality of life for seniors and family caregivers. Adult day care centers are not often recognized for the important role they play in addressing the needs of the senior population in the state.
Operating during daytime hours, centers like Hale Hau’oli Hawai‘i offer a safe and supportive environment. Older adults are afforded an opportunity to get out of the house and be mentally and socially engaged. Seniors who can no longer structure their own daily activities, those who are isolated and desire companionship, those who can’t be safely left at home alone — perhaps someone who lives with a caregiver who also works outside the home — may particularly benefit.
Centers typically offer various packages to meet the unique needs of each individual. Costs can vary depending on factors including the hours a person wants to attend, whether it’s a weekday or weekend and types of assistance required.
The services provided by the center can also affect prices, such as medical monitoring, personal care assistance or transportation services. Some centers may offer different pricing tiers based on these or other considerations, so it is essential to query different facilities to learn the options.