How to select an adult day program

What is an adult day center?

A location where all-day services of care are designed to attend to the emotional, intellectual, physical and medical needs of participants. Centers enable self-sufficiency for older and disabled adults while also providing respite to caregivers.

How do adult day centers differ from senior centers?

Senior centers are designed to meet the needs of independent seniors. Adult day centers provide supervised care in a group setting. Senior centers typically focus on social activities and community programs, while day centers design programs with therapeutic and personal support for wellness for individuals requiring some assistance.

Who typically attends adult day centers?

  • Seniors who are either isolated or dependent on others due to mental and/or physical disabilities, including Alzheimer's disease
  • Other adults with post-stroke, Cerebral Palsy, physical disabilities or symptoms of dementia

How do families pay for services?

Privately paid fees-for-service are the primary source of payment. Medicare does not reimburse for adult day services. Wisconsin distributes some government support through each of its counties. Private insurance or Veteran's benefits may cover some individuals. Most adult day centers are non-profit agencies that also rely on contributions from community members to help families afford services.

For a detailed guide to select an adult day center, try the checklist provided by the National Adult Day Services Association at