Our Rates: Private Pay (2 day/week minimum required)  

Care Costs  

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the monthly median cost of care varies based on care setting, geographic location of care, and the level of care required. Below is a table of costs to help you prepare for the financial challenges that come as we age. As you will see, Adult Day Health Care is the least expensive option that provides flexibility in scheduling days, offers a safe and enriching environment attentive to each participant’s person-centered care plan, and enables families to stay together in their homes for as long as possible.

Monthly Median Costs: National (2020)

IN-HOME CARE

Homemaker Services
$4,481

Home Health Aide
$4,576

COMMUNITY & ASSISTED LIVING 

Adult Day Health Care 
  $1,603

 Assisted Living Facility
$4,300

NURSING HOME FACILITY 

Semi-Private Room
$7,756

Private Room
$8,821

Payment Options

In addition to private pay, Peachtree Christian Health accepts long-term care insurance. Needs-based scholarships are available to enrolled participants based on remaining funds. Peachtree Christian Health is in the process of applying to be a Medicaid Provider. More information will be announced at a later date. To learn more about Medicaid click here.

Enrollment

To begin the enrollment process, please complete our online Enrollment Inquiry form. We will answer any questions you may have and schedule a tour for you.

Prior to your/your loved one’s first day at PCH, the following must be completed:

Benefits

The Benefits of Adult Day Care
Source Caregivers America from AARP, by Sally Abrahms

Benefits to Caregivers

  • Just twice a week can reap surprising psychological and physical benefits for family caregivers. According to a new Pennsylvania State University study, ADS can reduce caregivers’ emotional distress and may even protect against illness. A hormone in the body produced by the adrenal gland, DHEA-S, gets depleted when caregivers are under chronic stress.
  • Adult day care gives caregivers a break. According to Steven Zarit, lead research investigator and professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, “What we see in this study is that the day after a loved one has used ADS, the caregiver’s DHEA-S has improved. It’s like a restorative process and may help prevent health problems down the road.” Zarit and his colleagues found that caregivers were less angry and depressed on a day they used day care than when their family member didn’t attend. If the loved ones went to day care and the caregivers had a lot of stress that day, “they didn’t show an increase in depression,” Zarit says. Adult day services are “one way to get predictable, reliable help and protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress.”

Adult Day Care for People With Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Source Aging Care, by Marlo Sollitto

Benefits to Seniors

Adult day care provides caregivers with much-needed respite, giving them a break to work, run errands, spend time with family or just take a moment to decompress. But when Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is a factor in this equation, caregivers tend to be more nervous about their aging loved ones’ ability to attend an adult day center. Fortunately, there are adult day care programs that provide specialized services for seniors with cognitive impairment.

  • Close supervision in an enriching environment for seniors to go to during the day to prevent wandering as well as improved staffing ratios to ensure seniors are safe and their needs are met in a timely manner.
  • Stimulating activities and social opportunities for seniors, especially in the middle and later stages of dementia, who require prompting and supervision to begin and work through even the most basic household chores and recreational activities yet provide an array of activities for attendees to participate in, many of which can be adapted to each person’s unique abilities to maximize enjoyment and minimize frustration.
  • Additional personal hygiene and health care services where adult day staff assist with personal care and activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, toileting, incontinence care, medication management, preventative health screenings, occupational and physical therapy, as well as help coordinating care between physicians, family members and other care providers.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day
  • Bridges the gap enabling family caregivers to see to their own needs while their loved ones receive quality care. Utilizing these services can even minimize caregiver burden and delay a senior’s placement in a long-term care facility.

Determining if a Senior Might Benefit from Adult Day Services

Take a senior’s personality into consideration. Have they led a generally active and social life? Do they seem bored, indifferent or directionless lately? Depression and social isolation are common in seniors with dementia. It becomes increasingly difficult for them to communicate with other people and engage in activities they once loved. Through adult day services reintroducing new and adapted opportunities to fulfill these basic human needs can have a transformative effect on a senior’s mood. Consider doing a trial visit to determine if adult day is a good fit for your loved one.

Adjusting to Adult Day Services

It’s important to understand that there will probably be an initial adjustment period for dementia patients when they first begin attending adult day services. Change is difficult to accept, and your loved one may push back against this idea, but most seniors with cognitive decline thrive when they are engaged and have a set routine to follow. It can take some time for new participants to get comfortable with their new surroundings, peers and staff, but the benefits of adult day care are well worth it. Many seniors come to enjoy getting out of the house and interacting with new people. It gives them something to do and look forward to, often creating a renewed sense of purpose in their everyday life. 

Pilot Programs

Dear friends,
Our leadership team is so excited to announce that last week we began our first international pilot adult day health program for dementia with our Korean community here at Peachtree Christian Health. This program has been growing in our hearts since early 2019 when we first began learning of the major gap in services for our non-English speaking community members living with dementia or other cognitive, physical, and emotional decline and impairment. We hope this is the first of many culturally-relevant programs that we are able to offer at our expansive 25,000 s.f. Life Enrichment Center. Currently, we are planning for a Spanish program and seeking other non-English speaking communities interested in working with us to expand further. Also, we have applied to be a Medicaid provider and expect to be approved shortly.

We are still accepting individuals into our Korean program. Please refer bi-lingual individuals who are interested in leading programs in their primary or first language to us to volunteer and learn more. Your support and that of our community, is vital for our sustainability. Please contact us with any ideas, questions, and to learn more:

– Anne Mancini, President at amancini@pchlec.org
– Stephanie Gloeckner, Center Director – RN at sgloeckner@pchlec.org
– Christi Heidt cheidt@pchlec.org

Testimonies

Rob & Ginny’s Story
“Finding Peace”
 
Rob and his wife Ginny have been married for decades and proudly raised their three children to be wildly successful adults. As their nest emptied Ginny began to show early signs of dementia. Rob was still working full-time and needed to go to work every day, but he became more and more concerned about Ginny being at home alone. He contacted a home health company to begin to explore their options. Being a full-time caregiver for Ginny was simply not an option for Rob or their daughters.
 
Rob loved the idea of an adult day program. Ginny could stay active and retain her sense of independence in a safe environment and he could continue to work with peace of mind knowing that she was well cared for. He and his daughters toured a few places and the moment they walked into PCH they knew this was the place for Ginny.
 
Rob shares, “At first, I had no idea what to expect. Some places were in strip malls and felt very sterile. Others were dark and dreary. But PCH was full of light and life. The quality of the facility was well above par and the offering of activities was outstanding. And I really liked that PCH has a trained medical staff so they can oversee Ginny’s medications and keep watch for any changes in her condition. The staff meets with me at the end of each day and gives me a download of Ginny’s day. I always feel in-the-know and we work together as a team to ensure she is thriving.”
 
Rob continues, “We saw an immediate change in Ginny as she joined the PCH family. She was more alert, engaged and her anxiety level improved significantly. She was more mobile and actively involved in the world around her. It made a big difference in how we could engage together in the evenings too.” Rob reports that during the recent shut-down, they could see a marked change in Ginny. She regressed greatly and that reinforced to them the importance of getting Ginny back to PCH as soon as possible. Rob says, “PCH has had a great impact on Ginny’s health and well-being and has significantly improved my life as well. I no longer have to call and constantly check on her throughout the day. I have complete confidence and freedom to keep doing my work.”

Gloria’s Story
“Inspiring Progress”

When Gloria and her daughter, Shelita came to take a tour of PCH, Gloria was unable to walk the full lap around our facility. She had to stop and rest three times and ask for assistance to steady herself. Now, she walks almost a mile a day throughout without assistance. She has gained tremendous strength and her gait has improved significantly.

During her first few weeks at PCH, Gloria was very quiet and reserved and had difficulty sharing stories of her life. Now, she is quite the conversationalist and is able to communicate clearly and without confusion. She’s regained her voice and leadership and loves to assist around the facility and help lead others in activities.

Shelita says, “I can’t express enough the gratitude I have for the staff at Peachtree Christian Health. The progress my mother has made at PCH is inspiring. Before my mother started she wasn’t very social and would wander due to the early stages of dementia. Now that she’s been attending for over a month, she’s made great strides in her social and communication skills.”

PCH Program Director, Christi Heidt shares, “It’s been so wonderful watching Gloria come back into herself and embrace life. Her smile shines bright through these halls and we’re so happy to see her thriving. Dementia is a tough road to walk and we’re here for Gloria and Shelita every step of the way!”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What types of services are included in PCH’s adult day health programs?

We provide a safe, structured daytime environment that includes: comprehensive nursing care; recreation program; service coordination; specialized memory care; Registered Dietitian-approved nutrition and hydration; and caregiver support. For more information, visit the Services page.

What are your hours of operation?

Full day programs are available beginning at two days per week, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, we follow Gwinnett County school closings.

What type of nursing care is provided at PCH?

PCH is staffed by a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Practical Nurse who are available on site at all times and are responsible for overseeing the health needs of PCH participants. Upon a participant’s admission, PCH nurses complete a physical and cognitive status assessment, which is used to develop a person-centered plan. Quarterly assessments are provided to promote good health and optimum functioning. PCH nurses maintain contact with each participant’s healthcare provider, and administer medications and treatments as ordered by the physician. Referrals can also be arranged for Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists to provide services to participants on site.

What types of activities are offered during the day?

The goal of PCH’s recreation program is to provide an environment in which older adults with medical or cognitive challenges socialize with peers, participate in meaningful activities, exercise their minds and bodies, and have fun. PCH organizes the following activities for participants, among others: Exercise (e.g., chair yoga), arts and crafts, adaptive touch screen technology, live music, cooking classes, gardening, current events and news, trivia, games, animal therapy, poetry and book groups. Please click here to view our sample activities calendar. 

Does the program serve individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

PCH programming is tailored to meet the specialized needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Specialized memory care services include small group activities, close supervision at meal time, caregiver support, and failure-free recreation activities. Failure-free activities are designed to target long-term memory and allow participants to use their remaining cognitive skills while enhancing self-esteem and dignity. PCH has a separate program room for participants who are best served by a quieter, less stimulating environment. PCH staff receive ongoing education in the best practices of Alzheimer’s care, including sensory stimulation strategies, specialized communication techniques, and behavioral interventions. PCH has badge-controlled entries and WanderGuard® to ensure that participants who are inclined to wander remain secure.

How does a person sign up for PCH’s adult day health programs?

To begin the enrollment process, please complete our online Enrollment Inquiry form. We will answer any questions you may have and schedule a tour for you.

Prior to your/your loved one’s first day at PCH, the following must be completed:

  • a scheduled tour
  • an assessment with a clinician
  • receipt of a doctor’s order
  • an assessment by a PCH nurse
  • a current negative TB test
  • receipt of all admissions forms