Co-op Adult Day Community

In collaboration with the Institute on Aging and The Presence Care Project, DayBreak is proud to announce the new and innovative Co-Op Adult Day Community pilot program, designed to address the prohibitive costs of respite care for individuals caring for a loved one with dementia and/or other chronic conditions.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the program; however, if you wish to contact the program's coordinator directly to learn more about this pilot, and/or explore the possibility to join one of our pilot cohorts in San Francisco or Alameda County, please click below:

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are the free outings for caregivers only, or can loved ones join? 

A: They are for both.


Q: How many free outings will the co-op be having?

A: Until the physical location can open safely; the frequency and location will depend on your input!


Q: What do you mean by a co-op? 

A: “Co-op” is short for cooperative and is where a group of people work together toward the same goal  from which all benefit. In this case it means that you all contribute to the Co-op Adult Day Community. 


Q: How much does it cost to join the co-op once it opens?

A: This coming year is free of charge. Your participation is funded through scholarships. One of the goals of this pilot is to find out a sustainable price point. 


Q: Is the co-op open already?

A: The physical space is not open yet, but it will be once it is safe to do so. There will be two sites; one in San Francisco at the Institute on Aging’s facility in the Presidio and one in the East Bay at a yet to be determined location.


Q: What exactly is respite care?

A: Getting a break from caregiving is called respite. Getting respite care can be expensive.  To reduce the high costs of respite care, the Co-op Adult Day Community is organized like a co-op, where family caregivers work with staff in contributing time in exchange for respite care. Examples of how time can be donated are: performing simple office tasks, assisting in supervision, scheduling an activity, or maybe even hosting an activity!


Q: Is the free respite care for in-home and/or at the adult day center? 

A: At the adult day center. 


Q: What kind of volunteer/work activities are available?

A: Examples of how time can be donated are: performing simple office tasks, assisting in supervision, scheduling an activity, or maybe even hosting an activity! 


Q: How many hours does the family caregiver need to contribute to get free respite? 

A: We will start at 20% of the time your loved one attends the program. This means that if your loved one is there 5 days a week, you are invited to contribute at least one of those days. 


Q:   How long will the program be accepting applications for enrollment?

A:  Indefinitely. The goal is that the program will continue indefinitely. Also, allowing people to join at any point during the pilot phase will allow us to learn how to enroll and train new co-operators   at different start dates. 


Q:  What are the disqualifying criteria for this pilot? (e.g. medical conditions, caregiving recipient’s mobility, accessibility due to lack of transportation for physical meetings or lack of technology for virtual meetings, language barriers, health insurance)

A:  The main exclusionary criteria include inconsistent participation, and behaviors/health issues that may compromise the safety of the dyad, co-op participants and staff, etc.

Q:  What should a caregiver expect from this program? 

A:  Community, support, respite, and training/education. 


Q:  What is expected of the caregiver enrolling in this pilot program? 

A:  Open minded and wholehearted participation in the program. We hope to learn and benefit from all that you bring into the community. 


Q:  What should a care recipient expect from this program? 

A:  Engaging, supportive community. A place where people will know and appreciate you, where you will always be welcomed and celebrated. 

Q:  Will there be training/education for cohort caregivers? 

A: YES! You will receive all the training you will need from the Co-op Adult Day Community and the Alzheimer’s Association on a variety of topics including addressing the physical and practical aspects of caregiving, adapting to changes in behavior, and more.   


Q:  If there are more than one primary caregiver (e.g., daughter and mother providing 24/7 caregiving to elderly dad/spouse) seeking affordable respite, will this pilot program divide among the two (mother & daughter)?

A: Yes, though there needs to be a clear agreement and commitment to how they would divide their time. 

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