Adult Day Services Frequently Asked Questions for the Public


NOTE: Older adult daily living centers are also known as adult day services centers.


Who attends older adult daily living centers?


• Older adults (60 years of age or older) whose independence is limited due to physical, mental, developmental, psychosocial, neurological or other conditions

• Adults (18 years of age or older) who have a dementia-related disease, Parkinson’s disease, or other organic brain syndrome


What services do older adult daily living centers offer?


All centers must provide:


Personal Care – The center will provide assistance and supervision with activities of daily such as bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, toileting, etc.

Nursing – The center will provide or contract nursing services according to the needs of the clients.

Social Services – The center will provide or arrange counseling, advice on other available community services and other services according to the needs of the clients.

Therapeutic Activities – The center will provide a balance of purposeful activities to meet client needs and interests (e.g. crafts, games, current events, exercise, etc.).

Nutrition and Therapeutic Diet – The center will provide nutritional meals and snacks according to special dietary, ethnic and religious needs.

Emergency Care – The center will follow written procedures during an emergency and will provide emergency responders with important client information as necessary.


Some centers may provide:


• Medical Services

• Physical Therapy

• Occupational Therapy 

• Speech Therapy 

• Podiatry

• Psychiatric or Psychological Services

• Pharmacy

• Laboratory Services

How much does it cost to attend an older adult daily living center?


Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for the current Medical Assistance rate in your county. Contact the center directly for private pay rates.
Is there funding available?


Funding for eligible clients may be provided through your local Area Agency on Aging, local Veteran’s Affairs office, or other funding source. In rare cases, long-term care insurance may provide coverage.
Is transportation available?


The center or the local Area Agency on Aging can help with arranging transportation.