Who Benefits from Adult Day Health Services?

man baking in adult day kitchen11,500 seniors and adults with disablilities who participate each year in Massachusetts’ Adult Day Health services/programs. Note: Medicaid and other state funders are the payors for approximately 70% of participants.

Participants rely on ADH services in order to maintain community life while coping with a medical condition, debilitating illness, or a disease requiring careful monitoring and attention.

More than half of ADH participants suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Without ADH services, all ADH participants would be at risk in the community and would require more expensive health care or institutional services.

New populations: those with more acute medical needs, individuals with mental health diagnoses, those who are developmentally delayed, individuals requiring Specialized Alzheimer’s Programs. There is a growing population of adults under age 65 who need adult day health services.

ADH provides major support for elderly spouses and working caregivers who are committed to keeping elders and adults with disabilities out of nursing homes and other institutions as long as possible. Participant enjoy the safety and health benefits of the day program and can return home for the remainder of their time. Again, day programs result in considerable savings to the state.