Medical economics, managed care, governmental cut-backs, each a catalyst for downsizing, has created a climate of unprecedented financial pressures. Consequently, new alliances and strategies for growth are at the forfront. Emerging as a viable affordable health care alternative, adult day care is such an alliance. Adult day care, a community based program designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care, is a structred comprehensive program. Adult day care is composed of from 5-8 hours of care/programming including door-to-door transportation and lunch for senior citizens who require assistance with one or more activities of daily living.
The financial incentive to start one's own medical adult day care center is excellent. Most states provide a Medicaid waiver which allows the elderly to stay at home in thier own community. Moreover, grant money is also available.