This is the second of a series of articles we’re calling “Living As One and Getting By in Fairfax County” that will shed some light on how our community is addressing income inequality by providing opportunities and services that help all of our residents to thrive.
In 2015, 11.1 percent of the population in Fairfax County was 65 and older. By 2030, that number is expected to increase to more than 14.8 percent. Providing a safe and affordable environment can be a challenge for the 76 percent of caregivers in our county who work outside the home and are responsible for an older adult who needs daily care.
The Fairfax County Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Program provides care for older adults and adults with disabilities at four centers. For many families, this program can be as much as 75 percent less expensive than the average cost of nursing home care. Medicaid or long-term care insurance may cover fees, too. To make this program affordable for all county residents, the fees are assessed on a sliding-scale based on the participant’s income ($16 to $109 per day).
Our Adult Day Care Health Centers offer a wide range of activities that serve to promote physical and cognitive health and provide opportunities for social engagement. ADHC offers a safe and secure environment that allows caregivers peace of mind that their loved ones will be cared for and monitored closely throughout the day.
Ninety-one percent of caregivers report that by participating in ADHC, their loved ones can continue to live at home. And many caregivers report that their family members are more alert, show interest in daily life and have improved sleep, mood and physical health.
The program is available for adults ages 18 and older who require supervision during the day at least two days per week due to cognitive impairments, including all types of dementia or due to physical impairments. ADHC is available for residents of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
Watch: Benefits of Adult Day Health Care program:
- Older Adult Services
- Accessing Human Services With One Phone Call
- Demographics of Poverty in Fairfax County