WHAT IS SOCIAL MODEL ADULT DAY CARE?
Social Model Adult Day Services
Social Model Day Programs are structured and comprehensive programs that provide individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care and nutrition in a supervised setting. Additional services may include and are not limited to maintenance and enhancement of daily living skills, transportation, caregiver assistance and case coordination and assistance.
Social Model Day Programs offer various therapeutic and recreational activities designed to boost self-esteem and provide socialization. These include but are not limited to, discussion groups, arts and crafts, games and dancing, or services such as memory simulation exercises. There are over 200 social adult day programs in New York, serving over 5,800 older adults.
According to social model regulations; functionally impaired means, needing the assistance of another person in at least one of the following activities of daily living: toileting, mobility, transferring, or eating; or needing supervision due to cognitive and/or psycho-social impairment. In many cases persons with a diagnosis of progressive dementia fit this profile and benefit from this type of congregate programming.
Why do we need it?
Social Model Adult Day Services are an important component of the community-based service-delivery system. Programs help to delay or prevent nursing home placement and the need for other very costly services, while providing vital assistance to the older person with cognitive and/or physical impairments and supporting their informal caregivers.
Research demonstrates that caregivers who experience stress and burden are more likely to “burn out” and, thus, place their loved ones in an institution prematurely. Social Model Adult Day Services can help to ease the burden of caregivers by providing them with time to take care of other needs and address other priorities. The service also allows many caregivers to continue to work. At the same time, it addresses the basic needs of the individual needing care in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment.