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Information for Staff and Management of Certified Adult Day Care Programs

An Adult Day Care facility provides services for part of a day in a group setting to adults who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), supervision and/or protection.

Services may include personal care and supervision, provision of meals, medical care, medication administration, transportation, and activities designed to meet physical, social, and leisure time needs.

In Wisconsin, adult day care centers are not licensed, but may be certified.

  • If the center serves one or more participants who receive Medicaid Waiver funding from a county, certification by the Department of Health Services (DHS) is required.

  • If a center is certified, the DHS conducts surveys to determine compliance with certification standards.

Adult day care may be provided in family homes, free standing centers, and multi-use facilities such as churches, schools and senior centers.

Adult day centers generally operate programs during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evenings and on weekends.

Last Updated: June 05, 2013