Elder Daycare

  1. My dad used to go to Adult Day Care three days a week. It gave my mom a break, and he thought he was going to a club; he loved it!

    Does anyone know how I can find out about opening a Day Care Center for adults?
  2. Visit NancyRN profile page

    About NancyRN

    Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 268; Likes: 13


  3. by   renerian
    I know in ohio there are several types. one is a social model and one is a health care model where they do treatments and such. I know there are health care regulations and maybe your state health department can help you with that. If your thinking about accepting different payors such as a waivered program they have their own regulations.

  4. by   NancyRN
    Thanks ren. I don't even know what "waivered" means. I'm so green! Where my dad went, if they became incontinent or started to wander, they were out. This seemed to be what you call a social model.

    I'll contact the Ohio Health Dept!
  5. by   renerian
    Good place to start. Some of the day cares take Passport clients which is an Ohio waiver partially federal and partially state funded to keep people home and out of nursing homes. I worked an adult day care and loved it till I was laid off. What part of Ohio do you live in? I might be able to give you some names of people to talk to if you want-if it is in an area where I know some one. I am from NW Ohio but now live in Columbus.

  6. by   NancyRN
    I'm in SW Ohio. After visiting three of these day care centers today, I think I'm shelving this idea. It seems some big Nursing Homes have gotten involved in this area. I saw some very nice facilities, and I know I can't compete with the services they're providing (all for Medicaid reimbursement)!
  7. by   JNJ
    Nancy - that's the secret. Do not try and compete. Offer something more personalised, private, in home etc. etc. Smaller businesses, even in healthcare, get breaks on what gets licensed. Consult small business bureaux etc. Think about looking at independentrn.com

    RNs can be independent medicaid providers in most states. Check out your state.
  8. by   renerian
    Yes I would not give up. Tour some smaller private ones. The big one would be hard to compete with. Some people want smaller ones for more personal attention.

  9. by   NancyRN
    Thanks J NJ and renarian! I'm headed to FL for a week long "girls week" then I'll come back and look at this again! Than k you both for the encouragement!

  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    Nancy - if you're still interested in this, PM me. I would be happy to share my experiences in adult day care (six years.) NADSA is a nat'l organization for adult day service providers.


    Here is your state's adult day service association.

  11. by   LoisJean
    Nancy: DO NOT GIVE UP THIS IDEA! Believe me, this type of care for the elderly is going to be very much needed and in the near future, I might add. The health care model is the one that will be in demand.

    Peace, and let it begin with me,
    Lois Jean
  12. by   angelbear
    Are you talking about a sort of respit type thing? A casual place for a few elderly to meet and socialize while care provider takes a break? I think that would be excellent idea and filling a HUGE need. I never thought of that. I hope you persue it. I think you just gave me a goal for my career. Good luck.
  13. by   NancyRN
    Thank you, everyone, for your kind support.

    Angelbear, there IS a huge need for this type of care. My dad had dementia and my mom took care of him at home. She was exhausted. I found a day services program in the basement of a local church for him, and a bus took him there three days a week. They had coffee and rolls, read the newspaper, played games, and made crafts. He loved it!

    My dad was terrified of having to go to a nursing home, but my mom needed help. This program was perfect, because he thought he was just going to a Senior Citizens group. One of the men there called it "going to work".

    I was thinking of starting a program similar to that one: a small group of seniors who just needed someplace to go during the day.
  14. by   nurse_robin
    I'm interested in starting this type of service in my town!
    Is there anyone else out there trying to do this also? If so, maybe we can support each other.