What Are Adult Day Services?

A variety of health and social services in a protective group setting.

Adult day services offer a variety of health and social services in a protective group setting. Necessary health, personal care, and social services are provided for adults who do not need the continuous services of a nursing home or institutional setting and are able to leave their homes to come to the center.

While caregivers work, do errands, or just have a day to themselves, day center participants are engaged in vital social and recreational activities. These activities help them stay involved in the world and with the people around them.

Individuals who participate in adult day services have the opportunity to meet and socialize with others and enjoy organized activities designed with their interests and abilities in mind. They are encouraged to try new activities and continue those they have always enjoyed.

NYSADSA Is an "Active Provider" Organization

Members of NYSADSA are adult day services providers, professional organizations, professional individuals, and supporters of the Association's mission.

Who Benefits from Adult Day Services?

Individuals who attend adult day centers may be blind, developmentally disabled, elderly, frail, mentally ill, or suffer with memory loss (Alzheimer's and related disorders). They are the most vulnerable residents of New York State.
Adult day centers provide caregivers with critically needed respite from their 24/7 caregiving responsibilities so they can continue to provide care for their loved one(s) and remain productive members of the workforce.

According to the New York State Office for the Aging, there are more than 136,000 people 85 years of age or older living in the state. This population will increase by 127% in the next 10 years. It is estimated that 95% of the frail elderly in our communities receive at least one type of care from family and unpaid caregivers.

There is a tremendous need for adult day services in New York State, and this cannot be underestimated. Without access to services, the physical and mental health of many adults and their caregivers may deteriorate.