Tips For Helping Your Loved One With Alzheimer's Accept Adult Daycare

Posted on: 19 May 2016

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's, you are likely going to need to have someone in the home to watch him or her a great deal of the time or you are going to need to move him or her to a facility. If you have invited your loved one into your home, you still have to go to work. During that time, your loved one will be unsupervised. One solution to this, aside from getting an in-home caregiver, is to put your loved one in adult daycare. Unfortunately, this can seem insulting to your loved one or terrifying and they might resent you for it. Here are some tips to make sure that you are able to help your loved one with Alzheimer's accept adult daycare.

1. See If You Can Enlist the Daycare's Help

Your first step is to see if you are able to enlist the help of the daycare in making the transition easier. See if the daycare has a protocol for explaining the reasons for having a senior with Alzheimer's come in that will make sense to someone who is not thinking logically. Some daycares will be able to convince your loved one that daycare is needed better than you will. 

If the daycare does not have a protocol to follow or if that protocol doesn't work the way you wanted it to, another option is to see if the daycare would be willing to treat your loved one like a volunteer rather than a participant. This is a good way to make sure that your loved one is getting the help, care, and attention that he or she needs to not hurt him or herself but also allows your senior to maintain his or her pride. Getting the daycare involved is an excellent first step.

2. Make It Your Loved One's Idea

Many seniors are bored or lonely when they are left at home alone. If your loved one is resistant to the idea of daycare, they might be less resistant if they feel that it is their idea and that it is actually going to meet their needs. Talk to your loved one to see if he or she is feeling lonely and talk about how it might be cool if he or she could get out of the house every so often. Leave pamphlets out about adult daycare that are designed to appeal to the adults that need the daycare. See if your loved one requests to go to daycare on his or her own.

For more information, talk to a local company that specializes in adult daycare like Independent Days Adult Care Center, Inc.