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Adult Day Services: A Checklist to Aid in Your Search

En español | When looking into adult day services, it is important to find a program and location that meet both your loved one’s and your own needs. Services provided at the centers vary, as do the qualifications of the staff. Looking at several facilities will help you find the right fit. The following checklist outlines what to look for and what to ask when visiting adult day centers.

See also: How to Balance Work and Caregiving.

Basic Information:

  • Name of center.
  • Address.
  •  Name of director.
  • Contact information.
  • Days and hours of operation.
  • How long has the center been operating?
  • Do they accommodate people on a part-time basis?
  • Who sponsors/owns and manages the center?
  • Are other organizations involved in the operations/services?
  •  Is the center licensed or certified by a state regulatory agency, where available?    

Eligibility Requirements:

  • What are the age requirements (if any)?
  • Must participants live within a certain geographic area?
  • Can the center accommodate specific needs related to memory loss, limited mobility, toileting, special diets, etc.?
  • Does the center staff perform an assessment?
  • Does the participant’s doctor need to submit information?

Programs and Services:
The following is a list of services that may be provided by many adult day services centers. Not all centers provide all services so be sure to ask which are available.

  • Transportation to and from the center.
  • Recreational programs.
  • Art/music therapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Speech therapy.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Exercise programs.
  • Assistance with dressing/grooming/using the toilet.
  • Laundry.Meals/snacks.
  • Nutrition counseling.
  • Health monitoring (blood pressure, blood sugar).
  •  Medical assessment and treatment.
  • Medication management.
  • Social services.
  • Special services related to a participant’s condition? (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease)


  • What are the fees and what do the fees include (e.g., meals, transportation)?
  • What are the costs of those services/supplies not included in the daily fee?
  • What forms of payment are accepted?
  • Are any of the costs covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or other financial aid?
  • Is there a required deposit? If so, how much?
  • Who handles billing and applications with third-party payers such as long-term care insurers, VA, or Medicaid?

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