What Are Adult Day Services?

Adult Day Services are community-based health care programs that provide a wide array of services, offering a safe, positive, caring alternative to nursing home care for those who do not need 24-hour skilled nursing.

These Adult Day Health care programs are designed to meet the physical, functional, and social needs of elderly and disabled adults who are unable to live totally independently but continue to live at home. These ADH programs help participants stay mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, monitor and improve their health, and help prevent decline of their abilities.

Medical Services

Adult Day Health programs are for adults who may need:

Development and coordination of a medical care plan for clients

  • Medication assessment and management in collaboration with the client’s physician
  • Ongoing health assessment and care of medical and mental health conditions
  • Management of diabetes and other chronic illnesses
  • Incontinence and colostomy care
  • Proper nutrition
  • Personal care
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Respite for primary caregiver

Therapeutic & Activities Program

Adult Day Health programs are beneficial for adults who need:

  • Supervision
  • Social interaction
  • Companionship
  • Therapeutic and cognitively stimulating activities
  • Music Therapy
  • Daily exercise
  • Quiet area for relaxation and reading
  • Dementia specific activities (this may vary in different sites)

Social Services

Adult Day Health programs are programs for adults who may need:

  • On-going counseling and support for participants and their families
  • Referrals for services such as housing, transportation, in-home care, or mental health services
  • Assistance determining eligibility for various services and benefits

Typical components of an Adult Day Health care program include:

  • General health and nutritional education
  • A hot meal served at lunch that is equal to a least one-third of recommended daily allowance, along with breakfast and afternoon snack. Special dietary needs are observed for each client
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Supervision and education regarding medication
  • Coordination of care with the individuals primary care physician
  • Education and support of caregivers
  • Transportation can be arranged

Adult Day Health care programs vary in hours and days of operation. Most are open at least Monday through Friday; some also have weekend hours. Some specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Many have more than one language, and some programs are focused on a specific population, such as those that share a similar cultural or ethnic background.

Referrals to the programs can be made by anybody including clients and caregivers.

Minimum requirements of Adult Day Health Services at this time:

  • Participants attend a minimum of 2 days weekly
  • Participants daily are on site for six hour minimum
  • Centers are open for a minimum of eight hours a day

Transportation of the participant is provided by most ADH care programs. Ask the Adult Day Health care program about transportation. Some programs have their own vehicles; some contract out to a company.