Adult Day Care

Adult day care is a planned program of activities for adults who need supervision for part of the day. Adult day care centers can be public or private, non-profit, or for-profit and usually operate during daytime hours, Monday through Friday.[2] The following are good candidates for adult day care:[2]

  • Can benefit from the friendship and functional assistance a day care center offers
  • May be physically or cognitively challenged, but don’t require 24-hour supervision
  • Are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Are mobile, with the assistance of a cane, walker, or wheelchair
  • Are continent (usually required)

Services provided by adult day care centers might include the following:[1][2]

  • Arts and crafts
  • Meals and snacks
  • Therapeutic services
  • Musical entertainment and sing-a-longs
  • Mental stimulation games, such as bingo
  • Stretching or other gentle exercise
  • Discussion groups (e.g., books, films, current events)
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations
  • Local outings
  • Activities involving children

Take note that a social adult day care setting is different from an adult day health care, which usually requires a health assessment by a physician before being admitted into the program.[2]

For More Information

Learn more about adult day programs at Brookdale.


1. National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA). (n.d.) Adult Day Services: Overview and Facts. Retrieved August 9, 2009, from

2. (n.d.) Adult Day Care Centers: A Guide to Options and Selecting the Best Center for Your Needs. Retrieved July 1, 2009, from


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Active Adult Communities
Active Adult Living
Assisted Living
Assisted Living Centers
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted Living Facilities
Community Care
Continuing Care
Elder Care
Independent Living
Long Term Care
Nursing Homes
Respite Care
Retirement Communities
Retirement Homes
Senior Care

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