Standards for private organizations

2021 Edition

Adult Day Services Definition


Individuals who participate regularly in Adult Day Services achieve and maintain an optimal level of well-being, functioning and health, and remain in their preferred community residence.


Adult Day Services provide daytime, community-based services for adults who are in need of supervised support, stimulation, and care and who return home in the evening. Services are designed to maintain or improve social, psychological, and physical functioning. Health, social, educational, and/or supportive services are offered to individuals who need some supervision and assistance, but are not in need of intensive medical monitoring, rehabilitative services, more than minimal assistance with activities of daily living, or overnight care.

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Note: Please see AD Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.

Note: For information about changes made in the 2020 Edition, please see the AD Crosswalk.