What Caregivers have taught me: Reflections from an Adult Day Care Setting

  • Carol Weissmann Mauck University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work


According to the National Study of Long Care Providers, there are 4, 800 adult day centers nationwide (Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, National Study of Long Term Care Providers, 2012). I had the privilege of being a founder and owner of one of these adult day centers for seventeen years. This narrative reflection will focus on my professional experiences with caregivers’ decision-making journey in adult day services. As I reflect back on the process, I was on my own quest to solve a problem I had identified while working in long term care. I queried how to deliver supervised care to older adults without it feeling like congregate care. In another town, there was an adult day center which was located in a single family home. After seeing this center, I realized I had found the answer and subsequently started a center in a caregiver palatable house. I did not realize at the time that the customers and caregivers were a packaged deal. The reflections I offer are based on my professional understanding and growth through direct practice experience with caregivers, and what I have learned from caregivers about their decision-making process in adult day services.

Author Biography

Carol Weissmann Mauck, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work

School of Social Work

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