Adult Day Center Education

Frequently Asked Questions

[spoiler title=”Who Uses Adult Day Centers?” open=”0″ style=”1″]According to the MetLife Study 2010, “The majority of participants were women (58%). In terms of age distribution, 69% of participants were age 65 and older, 21% of participants were age 41 to 64, and 9% of participants were age 40 and younger.”

  • Persons who are 18 years or older with a disability
  • Older adults with
    • Health conditions
    • Alzheimer’s disease or other memory difficulties
    • Physical handicaps
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Depression
  • Working caregivers
  • Adult children with families of their own
  • A need for assistance to be independent in eating, walking, personal care

[spoiler title=”How Many Adult Day Centers Are Operating?” open=”0″ style=”1″]There are more than 4,600 adult day centers in the United States.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Are Adult Day Services Regulated?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Adult day service regulations differ from state to state. Florida adult day care centers are licensed and regulated under the Agency for Health Care Administration. The Standards and Guidelines for Adult Day Care developed by the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) provide important benchmarks for states for states that do not require a license or certification.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”What does Adult day care cost?” open=”0″ style=”1″]Fees for services vary on the location. Generally the fees are based on the types of services offered or the level of care that is needed by the attendee. Many centers have financial assistance through grants or local funding.


At this time Medicare, HMO’s or Medicare Advantage plans do not pay for adult day services. Medicaid payments for the program vary from state to state. There are long term policies that do cover the services.

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Monthly Average Cost Comparison
Adult Day Services $61/day x 21 days = $1,281
In-home $170/day x 21 days = $3,570
Assisted Living Facility $133/day x 30 days = $3,990
Nursing Home $220/day x 30 days = $6,600


Questions To Ask An Adult Day Care Center Provider

When considering a particular adult day care center for yourself or a loved one, it is always a good idea to visit or call to ask about the facility and services. When you contact the adult day care center(s) you’ve chosen to consider, NADSA suggests asking the following questions:

  • Who owns or sponsors the adult day care center?
  • How long has it been operating?
  • Is it licensed or certified?
  • What are the days and hours of operation?
  • Is transportation to and from the adult day care center provided?
  • Which conditions are accepted (e.g., memory loss, limited mobility, incontinence)?
  • What are the staff’s credentials, and what is the ratio of staff to participants?
  • What activities are offered?
  • Are there a variety of individual and group programs?