Adult Day Care

What is adult day care?

Adult day care programs offer daytime services for impaired older adults. Most centers are open 8 to 10 hours per day on weekdays. Most centers help the senior remain living in the community at the highest level of independence possible. Participants can delay or avoid use of more costly in-home and nursing home care by using adult day care.

What services are provided by adult day care programs?

Usually, they provide health maintenance services, therapeutic activities, personal care, and emotional support. Seniors may benefit from this care if they are physically impaired, socially isolated, mentally confused, need personal care help, have limited ability to function independently in the community, or generally need supervision.

How do I pay for adult day care?

Participants usually pay with their own money, but some centers use sliding fee scales or offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Most long-term care insurance policies cover adult day care. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for adult day care.

Adult Day Care PDF

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer: This Fact Sheet was prepared by West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS) and made possible by Serving Tennessee Seniors-administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at the request of the Chancery Court. WTLS thanks the Tennessee Bar Association for its permission to use The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors (2014 edition) as a primary information source. This publication is supported, in part, by funds provided by the Southwest Area Agency on Aging and Disability, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of the Southwest Area Agency on Aging and Disability or any agency of Tennessee or the U.S. government. Fact Sheets are for information only and not intended to replace legal advice. If you are in need of legal help, call WTLS at (800) 372-8346, or seek the help of a private attorney. (Revised 5/2017)