ERIC Number: ED282137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Adult Day Care: A National Perspective on the State-of-the-Art.
Ransom, Betty R.
Adult day care, a community-based group program designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care, is being considered by many communities seeking care options for their most frail and functionally impaired adults. In 1969 there were only a dozen adult day care centers in the United States, today there are over 1,400 centers. In 1979, the National Institute on Adult Daycare (NIAD) was established as a National Council on the Aging (NCOA) professional unit to provide a focal point for adult day care at the national level. NIAD conducted a nationwide survey of adult day care centers (N=847) in 1985. Preliminary results showed that 85% of respondents ranked the provision of an alternative to premature or inappropriate institutionalization as one of the top three objectives of adult day care. Other highly ranked objectives were maximization of functional capacity and provision of respite for caregivers. The majority of centers (74%) reported being private, nonprofit agencies. While many centers reported having at least one license, only 15 states have standards for licensure. Other findings focus on center locations, referral sources, number and characteristics of participants served, exclusions from participation, services provided, costs of adult day care, changes to participants, and level of participant functional impairment. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (114th, Las Vegas, NV, September 28-October 2, 1986).