How to Start an Adult Day Care

By: Contributors  | 

With the growing aging population in the United States, the need for adult day care is growing. Adult day care is essentially the same as child day care, except that it's for adults. All the people attending adult day care live at home and can take care of themselves. All they are looking for is a place to go where they can occupy their time and meet other people. This helps them stay active and healthier (both physically and mentally) longer. Some of the people require a bit of help, which is provided by the center. At the adult day care they will be provided with meals, have activities, do exercises and may even go on field trips. Some adult day care centers provide transportation to and from the home. The seniors pay for this service, but there are government subsidies available [source: Wisconsin]. Here's how to start an adult day care:

  1. Register your business name and file it with your state's Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain adequate insurance. Remember you're dealing with the elderly and anything can happen.
  3. Obtain an operating license to run an adult day care. The licensing requirements vary from state to state, so you'll have to find out what's required in your state. You may need to pass an exam before obtaining a license.
  4. Inquire at your state's Department for the Aging as to whether there are any special things you should know before starting your adult day care.
  5. Have your facilities inspected to make sure they comply with all the local zoning laws as well as with any laws pertaining to seniors. Your facilities will need access ramps, doors that are wide enough to accommodate wheel chairs, railings in the bathroom and halls etc. It's probably best to hire a consultant who can help you do things right.
  6. Hire your staff. You'll need an experienced program coordinator, as well as a full time nurse and an experienced physical education person [source: Care Pathways].


Originally Published: May 18, 2011