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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Adult Day Programs

1. Target Population

  • Medicaid eligible seniors and adults with disabilities who are isolated or who cannot manage independently. Eligibility is based on a determination that such services will prevent a nursing home placement.


2. Services Provided

  • Social activities and assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing and dressing provided during the daytime hours Monday through Friday on a regularly scheduled basis at an adult day services center. If two-thirds of the facility's client population have any of the following diagnoses - Alzheimer's and related disorders, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, or stroke victims who need intensive rehabilitation - the facility may apply for designation as a specialized adult day center.


3. Licensed Staff Routinely Onsite

  • In general, the regulations do not require licensed staff. Specialized adult day centers must have a nurse or a certified nurse aide on duty at all times. Adult day programs that can provide services to people with brain injuries must receive specific training in caring for this population; have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training; and be trained in and demonstrate competency in seizure prophylaxis and control.


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