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Adult Day Care for Seniors

Adult day care can provide caregivers with a much needed break, so they can provide better care to seniors.

What is adult day care?

Adult day care provides adults with an opportunity to socialize and engage in recreational activities while at the same time, giving the caregiver a much needed break to relax, run errands, take care of appointments, and complete other tasks.

Who is adult day care good for?

There are three different kinds ( of adult day care:

1. Social Adult Day Care

This is for adults who are relatively independent but could use some supervised activities to enrich their quality of life. Activities could include arts and crafts, exercise programs, games and musical activities. Seniors can participate in the majority of activities on their own, while staff provides assistance. Staff can also give medication reminders, but not administer it.

2. Adult Day Health Care (ADHC)

ADHC is for seniors who have more serious medical conditions and require skilled nursing care or therapy services. Staff are licensed and can administer medication and provide occupational, speech and physical therapy in addition to other recreational activities for the seniors to enjoy.

3. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care

This specialized day care is tailored to meet the unique physical, emotional and mental needs of seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Staff are trained in dementia care to work with individuals with memory and cognitive loss.

This specialized day care allows seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia to socialize and participate in activities such as music, fitness, arts and crafts and puzzles. They can also provide support for families.


Activities and Services of daycare

A good adult day care should offer a variety of activities and seniors including:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Musical activities
  • Audiology
  • Counseling
  • Exercise classes
  • Personal care
  • Memory and cognition therapy
  • Hair and beauty services
  • Massage therapy
  • Volunteer and community service programs
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition and meal services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Family support

Ways to pay for adult day care

The price of adult day care varies, depending on the location and type and can range from $40 to $120 ( per day. If the senior qualifies for Medicaid, then Medicaid may pay for the day care, especially if the senior would require full-time nursing care otherwise. If the senior is a veteran, then VA benefits will pay for adult day health care (, but not adult day care . Individuals may also choose to pay with long-term care insurance or cashing in on life insurance policies. It can also be paid out of pocket.

Home Care Tip:

Adult day care can provide caregivers with a much needed break to run errands, relax, or focus on other tasks. It’s okay to get some respite. Caregivers should remember that they can provide better care to seniors after they feel revived.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
Ted Wolfendale