Adult Day Care Centers
If you are interested in obtaining adult day care for an elder in your care, investigate the day care center
most convenient for you using the following guidelines.
Is the center open during hours that meet your needs?
Half day program? What are the hours? __________ to __________
Full day program? What are the hours? __________ to __________
Any age Requirements? What are they? ____________
Shared facilities with other onsite elder's residence?
Alzheimer's Disease patients accepted?
What is the level of physical or mental incapacity that the center can
Is there a sliding fee scale? What is it?
Is there an additional cost for Alzheimer's patients? How much?
Will Medicaid cover any of the cost?
The following is a list of services provided by many centers. Not all centers provide all services so be
sure to ask which are available.
Transportation to the center?
Transportation to other places for appointments, shopping, etc.?
Onsite podiatry care?
Assitance dressing/grooming/using the toilet?
Meals at the center?
An adult day care center is not a "baby sitting" service. You are paying for a planned program of
therapeutic activities relevant to your elder's needs. So plan on spending some time at the facility
observing the programs and participants. Keep in mind the following questions.
Does the facility meet state-determined standards of day care?
Is the center clean, comfortable, and cheerful?
Is the physical environment safe and accessible for people with
Are doorways wide enough for people who use wheelchairs or walkers?
Are tables and toilets at the right height for people who use wheelchairs?
Does the facility meet local fire, sanitation, and health codes?
Are exits clearly marked, unobstructed, and easily opened from the
Are emergency procedures posted and easy to understand?
Does the staff have appropriate qualifications and experience?
Do staff members treat participants with care and sensitivity?
Do the participants seem content and occupied with all activities?
Does the center offer programs suitable for your elder's needs?
For more information or a list of other Heritage Planning educational materials on helping your parents, contact:
Richard Smith or Roger Erickson
Professional Educators Benefits Company
Post Office Box 37102
Tallahassee, Florida 32315-7102
Telephone: Richard Smith: 850-385-2627, Roger Erickson: 850-385-5135
In Florida, outside Leon County call: 1-800-260-6573