Starting an Adult Day Service Center in North Carolina
Adult day service centers have grown markedly since the first center in the United States opened in Goldsboro, NC, at Cherry Hospital in the 1960s. Although most of the early centers began with an emphasis on socialization in a supervised setting, more than half of the centers operating in NC currently provide coordinated medical services to meet the growing needs of the people attending centers daily.
Starting an adult day center is not an easy task. Keeping one going after it has been launched is filled with challenges, too. But for those of us who know from our own experiences what day services mean for impaired adults and their family caregivers, the results are well worth the time, money and effort. Fortunately, many have gone before you and a number of excellent resources are available to you as you begin this endeavor.
Learn more about adult day services
- Planning and Creating Successful Adult Day Services and Other Home and Community-Based Services
- North Carolina Adult Day Services Association Publications
- National Study of Long Term Care Providers
- National Adult Day Services Association Publications and Resources
- CARF (for national accreditation of adult day services)
- Genworth Financial Annual Cost Report including Adult Day Services
Determine a Need for an Adult Day Center in your Area
Join the State Association
The NC Adult Day Services Association conducts research regularly that can be helpful to you in determining whether opening a center is right for you. State association leaders are a source of tremendous information regarding adult day centers, and meetings offer local opportunities for networking. You don't have to be an expert to benefit from the association--just a member!