adult day health care

What is Adult Day Health Care?

In the second episode, Leamon Wilder, Gunn Leater's 95-year-old father, spends three days a week at an adult day healthcare center. Here are a few tips from the Mature Market Institute on finding the best center for your loved one.

"It is always best to look for a program that is close to home if there is one locally that meets your particular needs. Sometimes talking with friends, neighbors, or others can be a good way to find the right local program. Another resource is the National Adult Day Services Association, which offers a national directory of member centers. You can find more information on their web site at The Eldercare Locator, which is another helpful option for locating services, can be found at or by calling 1-800-677-1116 anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. They can put you in touch with your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA), or an Aging and Disability Resource Center which can assist you in locating Adult Day Services programs in your town or vicinity."

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Once you have chosen an adult day care center, expect a period of adjustment for your senior. These tips may help ease the transition once you have selected a program:

  • Start with a trial period of just a few hours per week, gradually working up to a full day, for as many days per week as desired.
  • Explain to your family member that joining the adult day services program will allow you to work and have peace of mind that he or she is in a safe and social environment.
  • Consider spending time at the center with your loved one until you're comfortable that his or her needs are being met.
  • Allow reasonable adjustment time before deciding whether or not the center is working.


Administration on Aging (AOA)

Alzheimer's Association

Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica

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