Adult Day Programs/Services

Adult Day Programs encourage the active participation of frail seniors in a variety of activities ranging from social to educational pursuits. Whether utilized as a way to fill lonely hours or as a means of sharing knowledge and special life skills, these centers offer a safe, comfortable alternative to what may be inappropriate placement in full time care. Care is provided for individuals unable to be left alone during the day.

Medicaid may be available if individuals cannot afford the daily rates.  Individuals must meet the qualifying requirements of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) both financially and functionally.  Expenses for adult day care must be less than the daily costs paid to a nursing home for Medicaid to assist with reimbursement. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing certifies Adult Day Care units that accept Medicaid.  For a list of licensed facilities that accept Medicaid, visit If a facility does not accept Medicaid, it does not have to be licensed, certified or registered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Resources and Referrals

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Adult Day Program Section
CDPHE regulates adult day programs in Colorado. They provide facility listings, health and safety inspection findings, and a venue to file complaints against the facility.

Denver Department of Human Services
Provides assistance and protection services to people of all ages. Aging services range from financial and medical benefits, to adult protection to veteran services to volunteer and giving opportunities and much more.