Accessing and selecting the best routes for care for your aging family member(s) isn’t an easy process. Paging through all the different services and facilities offers a myriad of options and terminology that may take some effort, and research to become familiar with. Specifically, deciphering between facilities that offer adult day care and facilities that offer adult day health care can be confusing. Since the titles of both care options are so similar, you may not be able to determine which option, if either, would be best for your unique situation. We’re here to help you learn what each means, the differences between the two and which is the option that benefits you and your loved one the most.
But What Do They Mean?
Generally speaking, there are three options when choosing adult care for seniors, and since there are no strict rules for specific options/services a given facility decides to provide, there is sometimes some gray area between them. When you’re examining different facilities, it’s integral to fully assess and know the types and options of care your loved one needs. The three basic types of senior day care include the following:
-Alzheimer’s and dementia care facilities
-Medical, therapy and socialization centers
-Socialization and safety centers
When a facility categorizes itself as providing adult day health care, it signifies that it offers at least some elements of the patient’s health care. It’s important to remember they aren’t simply supervision and/or recreation centers for senior citizens. Specifically, facilities that are designated as adult day health care, or ADHC, indicates a facility that is licensed by the state they operate in to provide participants with medical and health care.
Designation and Associated Offerings
A main difference to be aware of is that in a myriad of states, if/when a facility isn’t specifically certified for amenities such as social worker, psych evaluations and/or administration of medicine, it will be referred to as just an “adult day care”, without the “health” in the title. Furthermore, centers that aren’t licensed by the state they operate in have a greater chance of not being eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid. States typically have specific procedures for licensing and regulating ADHC facilities, and licensing is required for Medicaid and/or Medicare reimbursement approval — Medicare won’t cover costs associated with just day care program designations.
In many states, if a center is not certified for things like providing psych evaluations, social workers, and/or medication administration, it will simply be referred to as an adult day care center. When a facility is not licensed by the state, there is a greater chance that costs of the day care program will not be eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid.
Most states have an established licensing procedure for regulating ADHC operations. This process is required in order for the facility to be approved for Medicare and Medicaid.
Making care decisions for loved ones can be tough process to traverse. Here at Schofield, our adult day health care program provides a plethora of care options, including physical, occupational and speech therapies, nursing services, personal care, case management, and leisure activities in a supportive group environment. Don’t hesitate to call us if you’re looking for a dedicated rehab facility in Buffalo, NY or a Nursing home company in WNY that cares about your loved ones’ health and quality of life. Our experienced staff can help you navigate the process and ensure your loved one is receiving the care they need.
Kenmore, NY – June 17, 2016 – Schofield Residence announced today that the long term care facility is a winner of the Bronze National Quality Award for 2016 from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care centers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
“We live our mission every day,” notes Randy Gerlach, administrator of Schofield Residence. “Our quality improvements are focused on the highest level of professional care for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of each person; in other words, a ministry of care to the whole individual. Our entire organization is committed to translating this belief into action in all of our programs and services.”
Schofield Residence rehab facility in Buffalo NY uses a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement program (QAPI) containing steps to achieve systematic performance through evaluation, review, problem analysis, and implementation of corrective measures.
“I applaud the women and men of Schofield Residence for their commitment to improve quality care,” states the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “This award is the first step in a program that serves as an essential guide to performance excellence.”
Schofield Residence employs 140 individuals. The Residence’s 120-bed facility includes twenty (20) short-term beds within Schofield’s Rehabilitation Center, a 10-bed Hospice unit, and long term care. As part of the award process, Schofield noted its membership in an Independent Provider Association (IPA) comprising 15 health care facilities. “We use Quality Indicator data comparing members of our IPA,” adds Mr. Gerlach. “Our collaboration is built on the foundation of maximizing outcomes and efficiency, while offering unparalleled services to thousands of residents and patients through the implementation of shared best practices. We also have another collaborative effort with Hospice Buffalo. Patients can be admitted directly from the Hospice In-Patient Unit (HIU) or from the Palliative Care service at local hospitals with continuity in coverage and services. It also allows for admissions directly to the HIU again avoiding hospital readmissions.”
The Bronze Quality Award will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, TN this October.
Founded in 1910, Schofield is one of the most experienced and respected providers of home health, adult day health, short term rehab and long term care services in Western New York.
Think of a time when Dad was in his prime. As our parents and loved ones enter old age, we tend to see their lives differently than when they were caring for us. Though they have changed in appearance, strength, or ability, the person inside is still there. Whether your Dad is in our Schofield Residence, Rehabilitation Center, Adult Day, or Home Health Care, don’t forget to make sure his Father’s Day is special. Here are a few ideas and considerations for making your Dad, uncle, or Grandpa’s Father’s day one to remember.
For The Dads Who Still Like Getting Out and About
Take a Walk, Together
Quality time can be one of the best gifts a son or daughter can provide for an elderly father. Our lives can become so busy that we forget how meaningful a good conversation in a familiar place can be. Walk around the old neighborhood, spend time in nature, or visit a place you used to go when Dad was younger.
Pampering.. Papa Style.
When’s the last time your old man got to sit down in a Barber chair for a fresh haircut? Perhaps an old fashioned gentleman’s professional shave could mean the world on Father’s Day. The classical atmosphere of the barbershop will surely bring back some old memories. Another option would be taking Dad out to a spa for a nice relaxing massage.
Bring The Kids & Him Somewhere Fun
Spending time with his Grandkids is sure to brighten up his day. Think of somewhere local that he and his grandchildren could connect and converse. A few options could be a car show, a museum, or sightseeing spot. Theme the idea around him, and let the younger folk know that this is his special day.
For Fathers Who Prefer, or Have to Stay In
If your Dad stays at home, but can’t get around very well, consider inviting the whole family over to his place to have a nice outdoor sit down family meal. You could surprise him, or let him know you’re stopping over, but seeing the whole family around him on his day is sure to put a smile on his face.
Deliver His Favorite Meal
You can either cook dinner at home and bring over his favorite recipe, bring everything over and cook it at his place, or order take out from his favorite restaurant and hand deliver it to him.
Spend Quality Time With an Activity
A few ideas for spending time together could be watching a sports game, setting up an old fashioned poker game, or watching one of their favorite old movies. You can also consider bringing over an old photo album, book, album or other memento from yesteryear to remind him of when he was younger.
Things to Consider for Fathers with Alzheimer’s
Unfortunately some of our elderly Fathers may have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which limits a lot of the activities we’ve talked about. That doesn’t mean we can’t still make their day special! Here are a few things to think about:
- Look for their “favorite” things
- Relate to past work life
- Be aware of physical problems
- Keep abilities and skills in mind
- Pay attention to what they enjoy
- Focus on enjoyment, not achievement
- Consider the time of the day
Hopefully these ideas help get you started on a plan to celebrate Father’s day with your Dad in a way that he and you can connect. Remember the amount of time, love, and dedication he has provided for you throughout your life, and do your best to reciprocate that on Sunday. Feel free to contact your Schofield Care staff for inclusion, questions, or concerns. Whatever you end up doing, make Dad’s special day one to remember!