(a)  Primary Service. Day care services for adults is the provision of an organized program of services during the day in a community group setting for the purpose of supporting adults' personal independence, and promoting their social, physical, and emotional well-being. Services must include a variety of program activities designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the participants, and referral to and assistance in using appropriate community resources. Also included are medical examinations required for individual participants for admission to day care and periodically thereafter when not otherwise available without cost, and food and food services to provide a nutritional meal and snacks as appropriate to the program. Services must be provided in a home or center certified to meet state standards for such programs. Services include recruitment, study and development of adult day care programs, evaluation and periodic re-evaluation to determine if the programs meet the needs of the individuals they serve, and consultation and technical assistance to help day care programs expand and improve the quality of care provided. Transportation to and from the service facility is an optional service that may be provided by adult day care programs.

(b)  Target Population. Adults who because of age, disability or handicap need the service to enable them to remain in or return to their own homes. Within the target population, eligible clients shall be provided day care services for adults in the following order of priority:

(1)           adults who require complete, full-time daytime supervision in order to live in their own home or prevent impending placement in substitute care (e.g. nursing home, domiciliary home), and adults who need the service as part of a protective services plan;

(2)           adults who need help for themselves with activities of daily living or support for their caregivers in order to maintain themselves in their own homes or both;

(3)           adults who need intervention in the form of enrichment and opportunities for social activities in order to prevent deterioration that would lead to placement in group care;

(4)           individuals who need time-limited support in making the transition from independent living to group care, or individuals who need time-limited support in making the transition from group care to independent living.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-153;

Eff. February 8, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1982; October 1, 1979; July 1, 1979; October 1, 1977;

Transferred from T10.43D .0204 Eff. July 1, 1983;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1990; July 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2002;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 20, 2017.