Adult Day Services 

What is an older adult daily living center?


Adult day services centers operate for part of a 24-hour day and offer an interactive, safe, supervised environment for older adults and adults with a dementia-related disease, Parkinson’s disease or other organic brain syndrome. Adult day services centers offer a community-based alternative to institutionalization and provide a reliable source of support and respite for caregivers.


All adult day centers in Pennsylvania provide personal care, nursing services, social services, therapeutic activities, nutrition and therapeutic diets and emergency care. Some centers offer additional services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical services, podiatry, etc. to meet the range of client needs.


Helpful Information:


The Department has issued an Aging Program Directive (APD) that will enable Older Adult Daily Living centers that are dually-licensed by the Department of Public Welfare as an Adult Training Facility to apply for a regulatory waiver to exempt it from the requirement to be inspected by the Department of Aging. Please see the APD and Frequently Asked Questions document below for details.

For More Information Contact:

Department of Aging

Bureau of Quality Assurance

Division of Licensing

Forum Place, 5th Floor 
555 Walnut Street

Harrisburg, PA  17101

Phone: (717) 214-6716
Fax: (717) 783-0894