Adult Day Program Cost vs. Value

Senior enjoying activity at ADS program, demonstrating the Value vs Cost Comparison

Considering an Adult Day Program, wondering about cost? First, if you are asking these kinds of questions, chances are you realize that the need for care of a loved one is inevitable. Congratulations for beginning the discovery process – the sooner you know your options the better choices you can make.

How much does it cost is a fair question to ask, however, for decision-making purposes there are some value-related statistics that make sense to consider as well as other variables.  So rather than start with an hourly or daily rate, let’s start with some quality comparisons among your possible options for a senior loved one.

Average Annual Cost Per Person for Long Term Care Options

In America we are just waking up to the fact that we need to be making better provisions for long-term care.  Many people are living longer and longer in relative good health, yet may still need some care. Across the board adult day programs are the most cost effective option available for long-term care.  The following chart shows average annual cost of care for: Adult Day Services Centers, Home Care Services, Home Health Agencies, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes Semi-Private room, and Nursing Homes Private room.

Adult Day Program comparison of annual cost to other care options.



Evaluating Fall Risks, Emergency Room Visits, and Overnight Hospital Stays

You’ve heard the stories of family members who were one day doing just fine in their own home and then all of sudden experience an illness, an accidental fall, or escalating incidences of confusion or disorientation related to dementia. All are triggers for you that your loved one may not be safe at home, or may need some help to staying at home safely. The following chart outlines recent data on some key risk factors in four different care settings:  Adult Day Service Centers, Home Health Agencies, Nursing Homes, and Residential Care Communities.Adult Day Program comparison on Adverse Risk Events


You will notice that two of the organization types do not have data in all instances, but most important is the dramatically lower incidences of Fall Risks, Emergency Room Visits, and Hospital Stays at adult day programs. At Helping Hands Respite Care, in our humble opinion, this positive performance is related to three major factors: the positive power of engagement and socialization, great training, and extremely favorable caregiver to member ratios. At the Adult Day Services program we average 2 or 3 members to 1 caregiver. This is an important statistic to ask about at any adult day program.


Daily and Monthly Expense Comparison of Long-Term Daily and Monthly Cost Comparison of Adult Day Programs and other long term care options. Care Options

Adult day services programs out-perform on the array of available services and benefits.  There may come a time when a nursing facility or assisted living arrangement may make sense, however many families will opt for choices which provide the opportunity for a loved one to stay in their own home or with loved ones.  Adult day programs are the front runner in most affordable daily cost, and in most cases attendance at programs varies from 3 to 5 days per week. (Making the monthly expense range from $828 to $1380). Take a look at the list of benefits and attributes and see how your adult day services program stacks up.





Payment Help Could Be Available

At Helping Hands Respite Care we are always looking for ways to provide additional financial support for families who may need help.  In the past we have received grants from the Tri-County Office on Aging which is tied to a formula for need based on household income and expenses; and there is also a contract which manages respite care funding available for Veterans.

Other ways that families pay for the Adult Day Services program include: private pay using funds from the member’s monthly income; some have used funds from a reverse mortgage on the family home; family members have also joined together to share the cost of care for a parent or grandparent; and some people have long-term disability insurance which may cover some care costs.


Getting Started at the Adult Day Services (ADS) Program at Helping Hands

The best way to start is to set up an appointment to come visit. We encourage interested family members and the prospective member to come for a visit that may last two or more hours.  We suggest arriving at 10:00 or 11:00 am on any weekday. This will provide time to experience a few activities, sit together over lunch, and have time for a pre-screening to determine if your loved one would be a good fit.  You will go home with some paperwork to fill out including an acuity assessment to help determine the level of care required.  This acuity assessment will be the basis of discussion about the hourly rate. Our process is to agree on a starting rate which would provide the appropriate level of care and then revisit the acuity assessment after the first month to determine if there needs to be an adjustment in the hourly rate up or down.  As time goes on the acuity assessments will continue in order to track progress or decline.

If there is a mutual decision to go forward the next visit would be an intake meeting where more information is gathered to determine the best plan for engagement and activities as well as care level.  There is a modest $50 intake fee payable on that day.  Last, a start day and schedule will be determined.

To learn more about how your loved one might fit in at the Adult Day Services program at Helping Hands and schedule your visit call ADS supervisor Alison Sarkozy at 517-243-0043.

Oh, did we tell you that snacks, lunch, and door to door transportation are included in our daily fee structure?



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