Mayor's Office of Employee Assistance
Adult Day Services
Adult day services provide activities, social interaction and a supportive atmosphere
for seniors and disabled adults. As a caregiver, you might use a day care center for
respite from your caregiving duties, and you may also use one as a place to take your
elderly or disabled relative while you are at work.
People Who Benefit from Adult Day Services
Those with physical or mental disabilities
People who are isolated from society
People who need personal care assistance
People who need assistance for daily
living, but have a caregiver or other home care provided during the evenings and weekends
Adult day services generally provide
some combination of the following:
Assistance with toileting, medications,
walking and eating
Weight, blood pressure and food/
liquid intake monitoring
Meals and snacks
When deciding on an adult day program, find out as much as you can about each center and what it has to offer. Make up a list of questions, and visit all of the centers with your care recipient. Look for what makes
him or her most comfortable and happy.
Here are some questions to consider as you compare day cares:
When is the center open?
What are the center’s fees?
How are the fees billed?
Is there financial aid available?
Is it licensed?
Have there been any complaints filed
against the center with the State Health Department?
What kinds of programs and activities
does the center provide?
Is transportation provided?
What medical conditions are the staff trained to handle?
What is the ratio of staff to participants?
What kinds of meals and snacks are
Is the center clean, tidy and safe?
What is the overall atmosphere at
Adjusting to the day care center may take some time for your care recipient. This is, after all, a completely new situation—new people, new activities, new ideas. Allow your loved one time to get used to the center before deciding whether it is a good idea; this transition period may even take
several weeks. If he or she still does not like the center after a few weeks,
consider finding another program that might be more agreeable.
Adult day services provide a break for
caregivers, and expose care recipients to new
people and new activities.