Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Adult Day Centers. If you don't see your question below, do not hesitate to contact us.

Q: What are the benefits of socialization at an Adult Day Center for individuals living with memory loss?

A: The latest research suggests people with cognitive loss who regularly engage in social interaction maintain their brain vitality. Close personal relationships create a protective effect against dementia and help to combat depression and isolation.

Q: When should I consider an Adult Day Center?

A: Many of our members are in the mild to moderate state of memory loss. Supports like our Day Centers enable care givers to have reliable options for respite immediately. It gives the person with dementia an opportunity to develop a routine and make connections. The sooner your loved one can start, the longer they will receive the benefits of our active and enriching programming.

Q: What does a person do at an Adult Day Center?

A: Members are recognized as unique individuals. Person-centered activities are suggested based on their personal interest and abilities. There are several group and individual activities for members to choose from at any given time during their day. Activities include watercolor painting, entertainment, gardening, exercise, and music - just to name a few!

Q: How do I encourage my loved one to try an Adult Day Center?

A: Focus on the positive social interaction. For our members at the Centers this is “their club”. Members make new friends, engage in old hobbies and try new ones. The day is filled with laughter, joy, and the comfort of well-trained staff and friends.

Q: How do I pay for care?

A: Many pay with private funds or long term care insurance. In some instances state funding through MaineCare is available. The Veterans’ Administration offers a program that pays for day center hours. Staff can assist with locating subsidies for care.

Q: What are the benefits of a trial visit?

A: A trial visit is 3 hours long and gives us a chance to get to know the prospective member. This will help us better gauge if the Center will be a good fit for your loved one. A trial visit also gives the prospective member a chance to experience the Center on their own. For many this can relieve the anxiety some people have about attending a Day Center. Plus, it’s FREE!

Q: What happens if the Center is not a good fit for my loved one?

A: There are some occasions when Adult Day Centers are not a good fit for an individual - if they exhibit hard-to-manage behaviors or require constant one-on-one care, for example. If you have questions, the Family Caregiver Support Program at SMAA is available. We can help with resources and education on your caregiving journey. Please call 1-800-427-7411 and ask to speak with a Family Caregiver Support Specialist.