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What is an Adult Day Service organization?

Adult Day Services provide day care for adults who need assistance during the day. Participants receive care while the caregivers enjoy a respite. All state licensed Adult Day Care organizations must meet stringent standards set by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Through the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, all programs are inspected and reviewed on a monthly basis to assure that they are in compliance.

What sets DayStay apart from other Adult Day Services?

From its inception DayStay has been committed to providing the highest level of care for its participants and meeting the needs of their caregivers. A Participants Bill of Rights assures that our guests receive the highest level of care, dignity and respect. DayStay is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and is regulated and inspected regularly by the Buncombe County Department of Social Services. It meets or exceeds the standards set by Health and Environmental Service, the Fire Department and operating standards for 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit organizations.

Here are some other specifics on what makes DayStay different:

- DayStay maintains a staff ratio of one staff member for every three participants. The State requires a ratio of one staff member for every seven participants.

- Falls prevention is one of our highest priorities.

- Socialization and adaptive activities make DayStay an activity oriented program for your loved one.

- Special events are held weekly and major seasonal special events bring the entire family in to our program.

- Inter-generation programs with youth of all ages is featured in many DayStay activities.

- The recognition of one's faith and personal spiritual beliefs is reinforced through pastoral and spiritual programs.

- DayStay's commitment to providing services to those with financial needs is unmatched.

- DayStay is deeply committed to a Participants bill of Rights that allows its participants to make choices in their daily activities and programs.

What Activities do you provide?

DayStay prides its self on its activity driven program. Participants take part in a diverse program including arts and crafts, music and singing, exercise, word games, gardening, and many others. Activities are adapted to meet the individual needs of each participant. Bowling, bingo, painting and table games are conducted in such a manner that each participant can succeed without embarrassment or risk of failure.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any adult who needs supervision during the day may join. This includes individuals who suffer from a lack of socialization, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, or who are at risk of falling.

What are the fees?

Private pay is $50 a day. Unlike a nursing home or assisted living facility, there is no contract to sign. You pick the days in advance that you would like to visit, and prepay for those days in advance. DayStay differs from a Senior Center in that we can dispense medications, change clothing and provide a safe, healthy environment for your loved one. DayStay also differs from Home Health Aids as our fee is greatly lower than these services.

Financial assistance may be provided to a limited number of participants through the Home & Community Block Grants and other scholarships. Applicants must meet certain financial requirements. Fees are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid; however, our fees are purposely kept low so that families can take advantage of this cost-effective service.

Are there any other costs for participants?

There are no fees for lunch, two daily snacks, activity supplies, manicures or materials or for fieldtrips or outings. Additional fees apply for bathing, hair washing and styling.

What about Transportation?

Most participants are dropped off by their loved ones on their way to work and picked up at the end of the day. Or you may make arrangements with Mountain Mobility.

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