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Adult Day Care

An adult day care (ADC) program is generally operated as a day
care facility for elderly adults who need supervision and assistance
with activities of daily living such as eating, hygiene, assistance with
taking medication and recreational activities. An adult day care
program is defined as any facility, place, or building that is
maintained and operated to provide care to persons 18 years of age
or older in need of personal services, supervision, or assistance
essential for sustaining the activities of daily living. This also includes
the protection of these types of individuals on less than a 24-hour

Many adult day care programs offer rehabilitative services, including
physical and occupational therapies, meals and nutritional
counseling, social services (case management), and/or recreational
and social activities. They are not, however, licensed to provide
medical care. Adult day care programs in the State of California are
licensed by the Department of Social Services' Community Care
Licensing Division, which is responsible for the oversight of facilities
that provide less than 24 hour care to ensure safe, effective and
quality care for all Californians.

Adult day care programs are a relatively new service in California.
They are listed on the California Department of Social Services'
Community Care Licensing website
(www.dss.ca.gov). This list is
updated weekly.

State-Sponsored Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers

An Alzheimer's day care resource center is a center developed to
provide a program of specialized day care for participants with
dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

The California Department of Aging provides grant funding to 36
Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers to provide specialized day
programs for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related

Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers try to meet the physical and
psychosocial needs of people with Alzheimer's disease to help
prevent acute care costs and nursing home placement.
Under the state sponsored program, Alzheimer's Day Care Resource
Centers are required to provide support groups and respite for
caregivers, give expert assessment and care planning, offer
professional and lay training, provide a safe, supervised, structured
environment, collect data for research, and increase public

The goals of the program are to save public dollars by preventing or
delaying placement into a nursing home or care in more expensive
settings, maintain optimal functioning of each individual's physical
and mental health over the inevitable course of the disease, enable
older persons with dementia to remain living at home for as long as
possible, and provide regular respite from 24-hour care responsibility
for caregivers.