In the 1970s, studies showed that the majority of nursing home residents were there because other alternatives were not available. Community resources were scarce and family/caregivers were overwhelmed with the burden of caring for their disabled loved ones.
The Adult Day Health Care Program was created to provide the outpatient alternative to institutional nursing home care. Adult Day Health Care offered an organized program of rehabilitative and maintenance service to aged and functionally disabled persons in order to restore or maintain to the fullest extent possible their capacity for remaining in the community.
Adult Protective Services Inc. was the first nonprofit agency to open Adult Day Health Care centers (ADHC) in San Diego. Adult Protective Services Inc., with centers in Vista, Lakeside, Chula Vista and San Diego, has been providing ADHC services for 30 years.
The centers are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing maintenance and rehabilitative services through nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional and social services, along with a supervised, structured activity program. Transportation to and from the center is provided.
Snacks and a noon meal are provided in a loving, supportive environment where maximum independence is supported. ADHC provides respite for families to enable them to continue to care for their loved ones without being under too much stress. People are able to remain active in their communities.
Adult Day Health Care services has lived up to expectations, delaying or eliminating the need for skilled nursing home care and providing the aged and other functionally disabled persons a better quality of life.