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15 September 2014

Celebrate National Adult Day Services Week

Posted September 15, 2014 in Events

Whereas, nearly 6,000 Adult Day Centers in the United States provide year-round professional and compassionate services for adults, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers enable adults with physical and/or mental challenges to receive compassionate, practical care in a community setting, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers provide a coordinated program of individual and group activities designed to maximize challenged adults’ physical and mental abilities,

Whereas, Adult Day Centers offer participants an opportunity for enriching educational, therapeutic, and social experiences outside the home, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers provide much-needed assistance and counseling for caregivers and involved others, and

Whereas, the third week of September was established by former President Ronald Regan as National Adult Day Services Week in 1983,

Now Therefore I, Alva Chip Cromartie, III, as Chair of the National Adult Day Services Association, do hereby proclaim September 14 – 20, 2014, National Adult Day Services Week, celebrating “The Power of Adult Day Services:  The Future of Care” and urge the citizens in every state to honor and celebrate this special event.

10 September 2014

2012 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers: State Web Tables for Adult Day Services Centers Component Released

Posted September 10, 2014 in Research

The Long-Term Care Statistics Branch is pleased to release adult day services-specific state web tables, using data from the first wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) conducted in 2012. NSLTCP is a new initiative by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to provide reliable, accurate, relevant and timely statistical information to support and inform long-term care services policy, research, and practice. The main goals of NSLTCP are to: (1) estimate the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care services providers; (2) estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices; (3) produce national and state-level estimates, where feasible; (4) compare estimates among sectors; and (5) monitor trends over time.

View the state web tables here:

NSLTCP comprises two components: (1) survey data collected by NCHS on adult day services centers and assisted living and similar residential care communities; and (2) administrative data on nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The restricted 2012 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through NCHS’ Research Data Center (

The four adult day services-specific state web tables complement Data Brief #164 and Data Brief #165. Table 1 provides state estimates of the characteristics presented in Data Brief #164 and Table 2 provides the standard errors for those estimates. The same applies to Tables 1 and 2 for Data Brief #165.

Data are presented in the state web tables only if they meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Footnotes are included in the state web tables to indicate if estimates do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Estimates are presented as percentages, except for average daily attendance in Table 1 for Data Brief #165. No estimates are presented for the District of Columbia, Idaho, and Wyoming because the number of respondents to the survey was fewer than the number required to meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. There are other states in the tables where estimates for selected characteristics are not presented because they do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. The data sources and methodology used to develop the state web tables are the same as that used for NCHS Data Briefs #164 and #165. For more information on the data source and methodology, please see the “Data source and methods” section on p.7 in the data briefs.

The adult day services center survey was conducted between September 2012 and February 2013. NSLTCP used a multi-mode survey protocol with mail, web, and telephone follow-up for nonresponse. The questionnaires included survey items on provider characteristics such as ownership, size, number of years in operation, services offered, and selected practices, in addition to aggregate user characteristics, such as age, sex, race, and the number of participants with selected medical conditions and the number of participants needing assistance with selected activities of daily living (ADLs). The 2012 mail questionnaires are available at: Survey data were collected by RTI International under contract to NCHS. Survey documentation is available at:

Using a sampling frame obtained from the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and additional centers that self-identified during data collection, a total of 5,254 adult day services centers were included in the survey. About 9% (476) of the adult day services centers were found to be invalid or out of business. All remaining centers (4,778) were assumed eligible and of these centers, 3,212 completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 68%.

If you have any questions, please contact the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch at (301) 458-4747.


2 September 2014

Spark New Ideas for Celebrating National Adult Day Services Week

Posted September 2, 2014 in Events

Learn from NADSA’s upcoming webinar depicting the power of Adult Day Services!

Benefits of ADS for the Health and Well-being of Family Caregivers: Evidence and Implications

September 10, 2014

Time:  10:00 AM (Alaska) / 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 1:00 PM (Central) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)


This presentation will examine research findings of the benefits that family caregivers experience when using ADS for a relative with disabilities and/or dementia.  As a clinician and researcher, for the past 20 years Dr. Zarit has researched what helps lower stress and burden for family caregivers.


  • Gain an understanding of what ADS programs can accomplish for family caregivers


  • Explore the new evidence base for ADS demonstrating substantial measurable benefits on health and emotions


  • Discover “audience friendly” information which can be used to explain, in your communities, that adult day services has important health and mental health benefits for family caregivers.


In particular, recent studies demonstrate that ADS use alters caregviers’ stress response at a physiological level.  By reducing harmful effects of stress, ADS use by caregivers lowers the risk of subsequent illness.  These findings have implications for ADS in the continuum of long-term care services, as the type of program that gives caregivers the most substantial benefit in a way that is sustainable across the whole span of time they are providing help.  Presenter:  Steven H. Zarit, PhD. Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; Adjunct Professor, Gerontology Institute, University College of Health Science, Jönköping, Sweden. To view Dr. Zarit’s bio click on the following link:


Register in the NADSA online store.

27 August 2014

Learn from Pre-Conference Sessions at the 2014 National Adult Day Services Conference

Posted August 27, 2014 in Events / Conference

What Can You Expect at the

2014 National Adult Day Services Association Conference?


Four optional Pre-Conference Intensives to begin the conference

Thursday October 9, 2014


The Community Based Health Home Model: Unifying Services for Better Participant Outcomes The Community Based Health Home (CBHH) Project represents a new model of “hands-on” person-centered care coordination for patients with complex medical, cognitive or behavioral health conditions. By allying adult day services with the primary care physician, a unified “health home” is created to support independence and health, enabling patients with multiple chronic conditions to live in community settings. Discover how the community based home health model relates to key national health home standards. Understand ways to improve the intersection of primary care with the provision of adult day services. Apply learnings from this model to maximize the ability of adult day services to stabilize the health of high-risk patients, thereby reducing emergency department visits within emerging structures for health reform.

Lydia Missaelides, MHA, California Association for Adult Day Services, Sacramento, CA; Diane Cooper Puckett, BA, Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health Care, Chico, CA


The Growing Difference: Planting Seeds for “Culture Change” Through Nature-Based Experiences

In this era of “culture change”, one program that can make a difference for so many individuals is a nature-based program, also known as Horticultural Therapy. During this session, attendees will engage in experiences developed to assist them in more clearly understanding the impact of using plants/nature to bring about improved emotional and physical well-being for those being served. The use of plants as “tools” to assist individuals toward their desired outcomes will be discussed as well as how to develop a basic level nature-based program.

Pamela Catlin, BS, Adult Care Services, Prescott, AZ; Laura Dreibelbis, LPN, The Susan J Rheem Adult Day Center, Prescott Valley, AZ

Social Media Best Practices for Adult Day Services

Join us for this interactive session to learn how to deliver marketing that people actually want!  Learn specific tactics to engage donors and increasing donations (using real-world examples!) and how to get more people to “like” or “follow” your agency in social media. Gain pointers on building a brand that resonates with your followers and truly tells your story. Discover legal pitfalls involved with social media, particularly relating to employer/employee issues, and patient privacy. Learn from an experienced adult day services Social Media/Events Coordinator. Whether you’re new to social media or a regular user, you’ll get tips on ways to grow awareness and your agency.

Kevin Nichols, MBA, The Oechsli Institute, Greensboro, NC; Jeremy Stephenson, Attorney, Charlotte, NC; Katie Kirkpatrick, Collierville, TN


ENSO ARTS ACADEMY: An arts-based teaching and learning model for people living with cognitive impairments

A gap exists in services for individuals living in their homes who still desire to engage and learn, but are not open to or ready for adult day services.  Discover how the Enso Arts Academy was developed at an adult day center to provide one- to two-hour classes that open doors for future clients and provide an additional channel for revenue.  Session attendees will learn about the unique abilities and learning styles of older adults, including those living with dementia.  Receive guidelines for starting a school within an adult day center and a template to write class schedules.  Recognize the marketing and revenue benefits from the current Engagement Institute.

Ellie Nocun,BA, Luther Manor Senior Community, Wauwatosa, WI



Register by September 18, 2014 and take advantage of Conference Savings!


View the full conference schedule and session information on our website and register for the conference online or download the registration form here.


13 August 2014

Beth Meyer-Arnold Adult Day Services Fellowship Announced

Posted August 13, 2014 in Research

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) announces the Beth Meyer-Arnold Research Fellowship for original graduate-level research in the area of adult day services. The award supports graduate students who are completing theses and dissertations in areas of interest to adult day services providers and consumers.

Successful applicants will receive mentoring and support from members of the NADSA Research Committee and will be expected to present their research at the annual NADSA conference.  Additionally, fellows and their advisors will be featured on the NADSA website.   An award of $5000 will be provided to recipients ($4000 upon selection and $1000 after NADSA receives a completed final report of their research findings).

Application materials:

  1. Cover letter summarizing your interest in the award and how the objectives of the fellowship match your research area.
  2. Summary of your approved graduate level thesis or dissertation proposal.  This should not exceed 10 pages (not including figures, tables, or references).  Please include the following elements: purpose statement; literature review; significance; design and methods; and proposed timeline.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, including one from your thesis/dissertation advisor indicating that the proposal has been approved.

Please send your application materials electronically to by August 29, 2014.  Winners will be informed by email by September 29, 2014, and introduced at the NADSA Conference October 9th-11th, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.  Winners will be expected to attend the 2015 conference to present on their research project.

We value the strength of diversity and inclusion and encourage qualified individuals with disabilities and individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to apply.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Steve Zarit at

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