Adult day care centers attract more clients, study finds

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Researchers who surveyed 550 adult daytime care centers estimate that the number of adults who receive care from these facilities has increased 63% since a 2002 study on the subject was conducted.

The number of people cared for nationwide has grown by 63% to 260,000 since Wake Forest University School of Medicine conducted a study in 2002, Ohio State University researchers said. Also, the number of adult day centers across the country has grown by 35% since 2002 to 4,600. Investigators from insurer MetLife and the National Adult Day Services Association, which conducted the survey, think these centers' popularity stems from overwhelmed caregivers struggling to care for their own children as well as their aging parents, Columbus Business First reported.

Caregivers use these centers when their loved one need help performing essential daily tasks but don't yet need around-the-clock care. The centers are convenient when caregivers need to work outside the home or run errands that take them away from home.