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Selecting Adult Day Services

  • By: Joseph E. Gaugler, Holly Dabelko-Scboeny, Noelle Fields & Keith A. Anderson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Adult day services (ADS) provide out-of-home, supervised group services to older persons or other adults who require assistance. In general, ADS offer social and health services to clients. ADS are usually available during normal business hours (e.g., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) although many ADS sites offer weekend, evening, and early morning hours to meet the needs of clients and their caregiving families. The most often cited objectives of ADS are to provide caregiving families respite, or relief, from day-to-day care responsibilities of disabled relatives; improve clients’ well-being and quality of life; and allow clients to remain in a home and community setting for as long as possible (although some ADS clients do live in residential facilities, such as adult foster care ...

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