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LONG-TERM CARE includes adult day care—and the nation needs three times the 3000 centers that it presently has.
That's the opinion at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, where Burton V. Reifler, MD, MPH, is directing a Partners in Caregiving initiative for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, NJ.
Rona Smyth Henry, MPH, MBA, associate director of the initiative, says that the number of adult day care centers has increased from around 2100 to more than 3000 in recent years, but it's the research group's view that about 10000 are needed.
The Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest private philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to health care, notes that adult day care centers provide supervised social, recreational, and health-related activities, usually in a group setting. However, some centers also provide individualized care.
By looking after their clients, most often older persons, the centers also provide respite for
Gunby P. Adult Day Care Centers Vital, Many More Needed. JAMA. 1993;269(18):2341-2342. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500180029013