Tips for choosing day care
To pick the right day care, first find out what services are wanted / needed by the person who will be attending, and also the needs of the carer. Consider if you are looking for:
- Social activities
- Mental stimulation
- Support for the carer
- Support for complex conditions such as dementia
- How long has the centre been in operation?
- Is the centre registered or accredited?
- Who owns or sponsors the centre?
- Is there insurance in place cover all services?
- How does the centre ensure safety?
- Is the centre easily accessible?
- Can the person attending get to the centre?
- Is transportation available?
- Is there an extra charge for transportation?
CareDoes the facility accept people who:
- are incontinent?
- are in wheelchairs?
- have difficulties communicating?
- have behavioural problems?
- have special dietary needs?
- What activities are provided?
- Are there individual and group activities?
- Do people interact with each other?
- What are your first impressions when you arrive?
- Is the building accessible for wheelchairs?
- Are staff welcoming and friendly?
- Are there any unpleasant smells?
- Is the centre clean and well maintained?
- Is there comfortable furniture for activities and relaxation?
Hours and cost
- What days and hours is the centre open?
- What is the policy regarding late arrival or late pick up?
- What is the cost – is it hourly, daily, weekly?
- Are all activities included in the cost?
- Are meals included in the cost?
- Are staff friendly?
- Do volunteers help?
- Are staff DBS checked?
- What is the staff client ratio? (six clients per staff member is a good ratio)
- Are individuals with dementia / Alzheimer’s included in activities?
- How do they deal with behavioural problems?
- Are there specific behaviours or care requirements that would require withdrawal from the centre?
- Can the centre
- dispense medicines?
- remind individuals to take pills?
- assist with toileting?
- handle incontinence?
Food and drink
- Are sample menus available?
- Do they cater for special diets?
- Are drinks available throughout the day?
- What are the centre’s expectations of the carer(s)?
- Is there a place to isolate individuals who may become ill?
You might also want to consider some more general tips for choosing a provider.
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