The effectiveness of adult day services for disabled older people

Joseph E. Gaugler, Steven H. Zarit

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Adult day care has attracted a considerable amount of attention among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. However, there have been few efforts to synthesize empirical results. This paper reviews research that determines the effectiveness of adult day services in improving client functioning, alleviating caregiver stress, and delaying nursing home placement. In addition, the strengths and limitations of the research are considered. This paper concludes with a discussion of policy-relevant issues that must be addressed when determining the effectiveness of adult day services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-47
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 19 2001

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship (Minnesota Training Grant in Aging, AG00198-08) to the first author. The authors would like to thank Steven J. McConnell, Judith A. Riggs, Bob Kane, and Rosalie Kane for their assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.


  • Adult day care
  • Adult day services
  • Community-based care
  • Long-term care


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