Adult day centers provide a planned program that includes a variety of health, social and support services in a protective setting during daytime hours. Below are some suggestions for choosing the right adult day center for you or your loved one.
Step 1 – Determine your needs
What specific services are important to the person using the center?
A safe, secure environment?
Assistance with daily living skills – walking, eating, taking medications, bathing?
Therapies – physical, speech, occupational, nursing?
Health monitoring – blood pressure, blood sugar levels, food/liquid intake, weight?
Nutritious meals and/or snacks? Special diet?
Specialized care such as dementia care or TBI care?
What do you, the caregiver need?
Occasional free time?
Coverage while working?
Transportation for your loved one?
Assistance in planning care?
Step 2 – Locate an adult day center
Search centers in NADSA’s database by street address and zip code
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging (800-677-1116)
Contact your state’s Adult Day Services Association
Ask at a local senior center or organization serving persons with developmental disabilities (as applicable)
Use a search engine to locate a center and review center websites
Step 3 – Make an appointment to visit the center(s)
Step 4 – Know what to ask during your visit
Print out NADSA’s site visit checklist beforehand
Step 5 – Check references
Talk to two or three people who have used the center you are considering. Ask for their opinion.
Step 6 – Try it out
Select a day center and give it a try for a few days.
Keep in mind that it often takes several visits for a new participant to feel comfortable in a new setting and routine. Staff may have suggestions for making the transition easier both at home and at the center.
Step 7 – Take care of yourself
Relax knowing your loved one is being well cared for. Always feel free to check in with the center and ask questions. They are there to help you!