Adult Day Care

Many vulnerable adults do not need the services of institutional care such as nursing homes, but they still need services that will help them function to their fullest potential. They also need a place that will help them avoid feeling isolated or lonely, and one that will help their caregivers (such as family members) take some time to rest and care for themselves. Adult Day Care (also called “Adult Day Services”) is critical to helping meet these needs. This program is funded through the Social Services Block Grant.

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Adult Day Care Services

Adult Day Services provides:

  • Programs for adults who need some level of supervision throughout the day.
  • Programs for adults who have physical, neurological or emotional problems requiring special intervention or care.
  • An opportunity for socialization.
  • Activities that help cognitively or physically-challenged adults maintain or improve their levels of functioning.
  • Respite for family members.
  • Services that delay institutionalization as long as possible.
Choosing Adult Day Care 

The National Adult Day Services Association is a recommended guide for assistance in choosing an adult day care program.

Click Here for a listing of licensed Adult Day Care in Tennessee

The Tennessee Association of Adult Day Services was established in 1986 to provide support to those who provide a variety of day services to adults.

Funding for Adult Day Services comes from a variety of sources, including private pay, government grants (federal, state, county), the United Way, religious organizations, etc.

Complaints
If you have any questions or concerns about a program, please call your DHS local office. To report suspected licensing violations or possible illegal adult day care operations, please call the Complaint Hotline at 1-800-462-8261
Licensing/Rules

Licensing Requirements

Tennessee law requires that any Adult Day Care/Adult Day Services program caring for 10 or more clients be licensed by the Department of Human Services.

Adult Day Services Licensing Staff Contact Information

Licensing helps to ensure the safety of vulnerable adults. In licensed programs, an outside person (the state regulator) is monitoring for compliance with rules. The rules include, but are not limited to, criminal background checks on the caregivers, fire and environmental inspections of the building, lower ratios of clients to caregivers, and an organized program, specifically designed for each client’s needs.

These programs have a set of rules they must follow, and DHS Licensing Evaluators perform both announced and unannounced visits on the programs throughout the year to ensure that they are in compliance with these rules.

Contact Information: Adult Day Care Complaint Hotline: 1-800-462-8261

Resources for Providers

For information on becoming a licensed Adult Day Care provider, please contact your local Adult Care licensing Office.

Funding for Adult Day Services comes from a variety of sources, including private pay, government grants (federal, state, county), the United Way, religious organizations, etc.

Adult Care - Background Check Information

 

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