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Adult day services are community-based group programs designed to meet the needs of adults (seniors and other adults) who need supervised care. Adult day services provide a variety of health, social, recreational and therapeutic activities. These services help the participants to live in the community, relieve the stress on caregivers, and reduce the cost of care by preventing or delaying nursing home placement.

Adult day centers provide health, social, and therapeutic activities in a supportive group environment for individuals with cognitive and/or functional impairments. Most centers are free-standing facilities, with the majority operating independently as private, non-profit organizations.

Care can be obtained in a social model, medical/health model, or a specialized model. Nearly half of all centers operate using a combined medical/health and social model. Although each program may differ in terms of its features, these general services are offered by the majority of adult day centers:

Social Activity
Health-Related Services
Transportation
Meals and snacks
Personal Care
Therapeutic Activities

As the country ages, and the number of seniors who need on-going care increases, adult day services will continue to increase in number. They play an important role in providing cost-effective care in a way that supports family caregivers and the desire to remain in one’s home as long as possible.

 1 “Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs:, MetLife Mature Market Institute, New York, NY, 2011.