By Judith O’Connell, owner-director, Mt. Hood Adult Day Center- Gresham, Oregon


Being a family caregiver is a round the clock job. It is both rewarding and exhausting.

Adult day centers provide life enriching day care for seniors and adults with disabilities. Providing care for a loved one at home has many challenges. Both the caregiver and the loved one can become isolated and cut off from the outside world. Adult day centers provide care the loved one while offering support and education to the caregiver.

Many services are provided by adult day centers- including socialization, cognitive therapies, spiritual groups, physical fitness, and leisure activities. Each center also helps with activities of daily living; such as toileting, redirection, and eating assistance.

Adult day services can be funded several ways and are a fraction of the cost of in-home care or placement into a facility. Many families pay privately, however, both the state and the county have made funds available for adult day centers through Medicaid, the Family Caregiver Support Grant and Oregon Project Independence. Long term insurance may also pay for a portion of adult day care.

Many family caregivers continue giving care at an expense to their own health and well-being. Adult day centers allow for respite for the caregiver, increasing the quality of life for the whole family.


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