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Adult Day Care Costs
Adult Day Care Costs by State

For many families, adult day care is an affordable option when compared with the financial burdens of alternative care options. Almost two-thirds of seniors (age 65 or older) need some long-term care. It's no secret that any medical service is expensive these days, but did you know that you can save money by utilizing adult day care for your senior or another disabled relative?

A typical day at an adult day care is 8 to 12 hours long and is open around the needs of most working families. While adult day care facilities differ in their offerings and prices, most centers provide socialization opportunities, supervision and scheduled recreational activities for seniors and Alzheimer's or dementia patients. Personalized health care, med management, transportation services, outings, bathroom help, meals, and rehabilitative therapies may also be offered at some facilities.

Costs of Adult Day Care
Costs of Adult Day Care

These programs allow loved ones to keep their jobs while continuing to provide care and support for their elderly relatives. Something else to consider, especially if you are the primary caregiver, is that, while your loved one is away at day care, you will find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands. If you were thinking about picking up a part-time job, adult day care can offer you the spare time to do just that, while giving you the peace of mind that your loved one is in a safe and productive environment.

The cost of adult day care varies significantly between facilities across the nation and even within the same city. We have compiled various statistics about what a person would expect to pay in a given area. Much of the data comes from the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey, which is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed more than 34 percent of adult day health care facilities. Please understand this is an estimated cost, based solely off averages and changes from facility to facility. There are additional costs for various services provided. We urge you to ask for a specific quote from each facility you're interested.

Adult day care centers have a variety of payment structures. Some charge by the hour while others charge by the half or full day. All estimates below intend to be the cost for a full day and do not include any government subsidies. Monthly rates estimate that you will need services for five days per week.

Compare Senior Care Costs

Care TypeNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,492
Assisted Living$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,604

In light of these statistics, it isn't surprising that receiving adult day care or in-home care has become more and more popular. Adult day care services are another option that can make long-term care more affordable. These rates and the rates of in-home services have risen less than the cost of nursing homes. Whether you are looking to prepare for your financial future, or you are helping a loved one make decisions about long-term health care options, the rising costs of services are likely to make your job a difficult one. Finding the financial resources to cover these costs requires foresight and careful financial planning. Also, to figuring out what government benefits offered for care, you should consider an aggressive savings plan and talk with a professional about long-term care insurance options.

Look for Flexibility

Many seniors and their families are on a fixed income, and they are not able to afford care every day. As long as safety is not a concern, it may be that the senior would benefit from just a few days per week or even half days. If that is the case, look for a program that offers flexible rates to accommodate such schedules.

Affording Care

Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' benefits or private health insurance may pay for a portion or all of the costs of long-term care needs, but adult day care may not be covered by these programs. For example, it is not covered under Medicare, but depending on the state, Medicaid payment is an option. However, pay benefits depend on finances and functional eligibility. If the senior has a medical condition like MS, dementia, or Parkinson's, for example, then Medicare for health insurance is more likely to cover such care. Much long-term care insurance policies will cover some or all of the costs associated with adult day care services. Keep in mind as well that out-of-pocket expenditures may qualify as a tax-deductible medical expense.

For many families, paying for long-term care out-of-pocket are a challenge. Ask about reduced fees or scholarship programs. Veterans, if not able to get direct aid through the VA, could be eligible for local, state, or regional benefits or scholarship dollars to help defray the costs of adult day care fees.

Financial Questions to Ask Potential Adult Day Care Providers

  • Are any deposits required for admission?
  • If one requires a deposit, is it fully refundable?
  • What is the base rate per day?
  • What does the base fee include?
  • What other services are available and what are the costs?
  • Will I be billed?
  • Does the center file with my insurance provider?
  • What are your sick and/or cancelation policies?
  • Does the center qualify for Medicaid or VA benefits?
  • Do you have subsidies or scholarships available?
  • Is there a minimum number of days that a participant must be enrolled?

Adult Day Care Costs by State

** The map uses the median cost of adult day care.


StateMin CostMedian CostMax Cost
Alabama$20/day
($433/month)
$36/day
($785/month)
$122/day
($2,643/month)
Alaska$84/day
($1,820/month)
$122/day
($2,652/month)
$168/day
($3,640/month)
Arizona$65/day
($1,408/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$138/day
($2,990/month)
Arkansas$48/day
($1,040/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$119/day
($2,578/month)
California$25/day
($542/month)
$77/day
($1,668/month)
$195/day
($4,225/month)
Colorado$47/day
($1,018/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$210/day
($4,550/month)
Connecticut$20/day
($433/month)
$78/day
($1,679/month)
$86/day
($1,863/month)
Delaware$50/day
($1,083/month)
$69/day
($1,500/month)
$82/day
($1,777/month)
Florida$50/day
($1,083/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$156/day
($3,380/month)
Georgia$20/day
($433/month)
$60/day
($1,300/month)
$119/day
($2,578/month)
Hawaii$54/day
($1,170/month)
$66/day
($1,435/month)
$95/day
($2,058/month)
Idaho$62/day
($1,343/month)
$116/day
($2,519/month)
$210/day
($4,550/month)
Illinois$32/day
($693/month)
$68/day
($1,463/month)
$93/day
($2,015/month)
Indiana$30/day
($650/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$120/day
($2,600/month)
Iowa$44/day
($953/month)
$60/day
($1,300/month)
$152/day
($3,293/month)
Kansas$50/day
($1,083/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$155/day
($3,358/month)
Kentucky$40/day
($867/month)
$67/day
($1,453/month)
$180/day
($3,900/month)
Louisiana$35/day
($758/month)
$63/day
($1,354/month)
$116/day
($2,513/month)
Maine$76/day
($1,647/month)
$108/day
($2,340/month)
$168/day
($3,640/month)
Maryland$50/day
($1,083/month)
$79/day
($1,712/month)
$96/day
($2,080/month)
Massachusetts$30/day
($650/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$93/day
($2,015/month)
Michigan$35/day
($758/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$175/day
($3,792/month)
Minnesota$44/day
($953/month)
$78/day
($1,689/month)
$125/day
($2,708/month)
Mississippi$35/day
($758/month)
$35/day
($758/month)
$75/day
($1,625/month)
Missouri$45/day
($975/month)
$80/day
($1,733/month)
$204/day
($4,420/month)
Montana$40/day
($867/month)
$95/day
($2,064/month)
$233/day
($5,048/month)
Nebraska$25/day
($542/month)
$56/day
($1,213/month)
$165/day
($3,575/month)
Nevada$60/day
($1,300/month)
$70/day
($1,506/month)
$100/day
($2,167/month)
New Hampshire$51/day
($1,105/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$73/day
($1,582/month)
New Jersey$69/day
($1,495/month)
$85/day
($1,847/month)
$115/day
($2,492/month)
New Mexico$54/day
($1,170/month)
$99/day
($2,135/month)
$136/day
($2,947/month)
New York$15/day
($325/month)
$85/day
($1,842/month)
$242/day
($5,243/month)
North Carolina$21/day
($455/month)
$51/day
($1,105/month)
$125/day
($2,708/month)
North Dakota$42/day
($910/month)
$75/day
($1,630/month)
$135/day
($2,925/month)
Ohio$40/day
($867/month)
$55/day
($1,192/month)
$125/day
($2,708/month)
Oklahoma$45/day
($975/month)
$60/day
($1,300/month)
$75/day
($1,625/month)
Oregon$40/day
($867/month)
$89/day
($1,918/month)
$106/day
($2,297/month)
Pennsylvania$30/day
($650/month)
$60/day
($1,300/month)
$200/day
($4,333/month)
Rhode Island$54/day
($1,170/month)
$67/day
($1,441/month)
$79/day
($1,712/month)
South Carolina$45/day
($975/month)
$55/day
($1,198/month)
$85/day
($1,842/month)
South Dakota$48/day
($1,040/month)
$72/day
($1,560/month)
$96/day
($2,080/month)
Tennessee$35/day
($758/month)
$62/day
($1,343/month)
$132/day
($2,860/month)
Texas$10/day
($217/month)
$35/day
($758/month)
$155/day
($3,358/month)
Utah$48/day
($1,040/month)
$89/day
($1,928/month)
$90/day
($1,950/month)
Vermont$120/day
($2,600/month)
$124/day
($2,678/month)
$150/day
($3,250/month)
Virginia$48/day
($1,040/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$107/day
($2,318/month)
Washington$40/day
($867/month)
$68/day
($1,464/month)
$165/day
($3,575/month)
Washington D.C.$61/day
($1,322/month)
$99/day
($2,145/month)
$107/day
($2,318/month)
West Virginia$25/day
($542/month)
$72/day
($1,560/month)
$150/day
($3,250/month)
Wisconsin$43/day
($932/month)
$65/day
($1,408/month)
$112/day
($2,427/month)
Wyoming$39/day
($845/month)
$50/day
($1,083/month)
$106/day
($2,297/month)

* Data from the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey

Carol Marak
Carol Marak

After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.