"What are Adult Day Centers..Besides the Basis for Political Insults?"
Howard Gleckman, Forbes contributor and unpaid board member for the Jewish Council for the Aging of Great Washington, has written an op-ed to educate regarding the value and importance of Adult Day Services in light of recent comments. Please press the following tab to download the article: "What are Adult Day Center..Besides the Basis for Political Insults?" 
 Fall Prevention Day is September 22, 2017
The National Council on Aging Care has provided a Fact Sheet regarding this topic. Please press the following tab to receive the comprehensive 16 page fact sheet: Fall Prevention
Adult Day Care — or Day Services — Can Fill a Gap for Caregivers
Informative article regarding the strengths and benefits of adult day services. Sheds lights on the need for the clients and the caregivers. Also discusses the importance on investigating and selecting the right adult day service for loved ones. Written by Carol Bradley Bursack - Elder care author, columnist and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack is an AgingCare.com contributing editor and moderator of the AgingCare.com community forum.
On April 1, 2014 the Chicago Tribune published an article about the benefits and outcomes of Adult Day Services. The focus of the article was describing a study performed by Steven H. Zarit at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. The link to this informative article is listed below.
NIA Publishes Updated Handbook for Talking with Older Patients
A Comprehensive Publication Designed to Enhance Health Care Providers' Communication with Older Patients
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has released "Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook," a comprehensive publication designed to enhance health care providers' communication with older patients.
The overall aim of "Talking With Your Older Patient" is to introduce and/or reinforce communication skills essential in caring for older patients and their families. It suggests practical tips, techniques, and approaches to help with diagnosis, promote treatment adherence, make more efficient use of clinicians' time, and increase patient and provider satisfaction.

This colorful, 64-page publication is written for clinicians but will also be useful to students being trained for health care professions and others who interact with older people. The booklet contains 11 chapters covering a wide range of topics, such as
  • understanding older patients
  • breaking bad news
  • talking with patients about cognitive problems.

It also includes an extensive list of resources and a tear-off chart giving contact information for national organizations that address specific concerns such as financial assistance, nutrition, and transportation. A list of other free publications available from NIA is included as well.

To download or order free copies of "Talking With Your Older Patient," visit National Institute on Aging or call the NIA Information Center toll-free at 800-222-2225 or 800-222-4225 (TTY). Bulk quantities (25 or more) may be ordered by visiting http://niapublications.org/bulkorder1.asp.
Note: This new, free offering replaces the NIA publication entitled Working With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook.

The following links provide valuable information regarding Adult Day Services.  There are several organizations and important studies that are represented within this information.  If you can not find the information you are looking for, please go to the Contact Us link on the main page and we will try to assist. 
Their mission is to promote the availability, accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of adult day services by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas between adult day services providers
Click here to access the official website of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence. Our mission is to identify best practices in fall prevention and to help communities offer fall prevention programs to older people who are at risk of falling.
The latest issue of Connections, the newsletter of the National Institute on Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, is now available online at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/Newsletter/CurrentIssue.htm.

Visit the Simon Foundation for Continence (promoting continence...changing lives) for some excellent resources.  http://www.simonfoundation.org/
Opening an Adult Day Service
Adult day services are community-based group programs designed to meet the needs of functionally and/or cognitively impaired adults through an individual plan of care. These structured, comprehensive programs provide a variety of health, social, and other related support services in a protective setting during any part of a day, but less than 24-hour care. Adult day services generally operate programs during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evenings and on weekends. (NADSA)
Establishing and successfully operating an adult day service is not an easy task. Luckily many have gone before you and a number of excellent resources are available to you as you begin this endeavor.

Some important first steps are:

1. Recognize that a “good heart” and love of the elderly is NOT ENOUGH. You must be equipped to operate a business.
2. Become familiar with standards for providing quality adult day service.
  • Visit www.nadsa.org The Publications and Resources tab on this site features the manual Adult Day Services Standards and Guidelines for Adult Day Services. This edition provides a comprehensive outline of “best practices” in all areas of facility operations and service delivery. Emphasis is placed on the importance of target population identification and assessment, administration, organizational structure, individualized plans of care, direct service provision, staffing requirements, facility design and program evaluation.
  • The Administrative Codes that apply to ADS can be found on the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) website. Only sites with an IDOA contract are required to comply with these standards but they serve as a guide for new providers
3. Remember, that in addition to the business aspects of the program, there are clinical skills needed to serve the elderly and clients with dementia.
  • Training sessions offered by the Illinois Adult Day Service Association are published on this website.
  • Seek out training opportunities in your community such as the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care offered by the Professional Training Institute of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
4. Join Illinois Adult Day Service Association (IADSA). IADSA sponsors training events and as a member you become part of a network of providers with experience to share.
A NADSA-AAHSA Whitepaper