Adult Day Care Services
About

Adult day services is a professional care setting in which older adults, adults living with dementia, or adults living with disabilities receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.


Adult day service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day. They also afford caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Adult day centers generally operate during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evenings and on weekends. Although each facility may differ in terms of features, these general services are offered by most adult day centers:

  • Social activities—interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for their conditions

  • Transportation—door-to-door service

  • Meals and snacks—participants are provided with meals and snacks, those with special dietary needs are offered special meals

  • Hands on care—help with toileting, grooming, eating and other personal activities of daily living

  • Therapeutic activities—exercise and mental interaction for all participants.
     

In general, there are three types of adult day centers:

  • Social (which provides meals, recreation and some health-related services)

  • Medical/health (which provides social activities as well as more intensive health and therapeutic services) and

  • Specialized (which provide services only to specific care recipients, such as those with diagnosed dementias or developmental disabilities.

Caregivers typically select the type of center a care recipient attends based on the care needed.

Adult Day Services Are Leaders in Community-Based Care for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
  • Adult day services centers provide an interactive, safe, and secure environment.

  • Nearly half of all participants have some level of dementia.

  • Approximately 90% of centers offer cognitive stimulation programs, almost 80% provide memory training programs, and more than 75% offer educational programs.

  • The care provided may allow these individuals to delay nursing home placement.

Adult Day Services Are an Essential Source of Support for Family Caregivers
  • Adult day services provide a reliable source of support, restore balance in times of crisis, and enhance overall quality of life for caregivers.

  • Adult day services provide respite to family caregivers.

  • Over 80% of participants attend full days and 46% attend five days per week, enabling family caregivers to remain in the workforce.

  • Most centers provide caregiver support programs, including educational programs (70%), caregiver support groups (58%), and individual counseling (40%).

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