Social Adult Day Services (SADS)

Program Description

Social Adult Day Services is a structured, comprehensive program that provides functionally impaired adults (those who need help with everyday tasks) with an array of services in a protective setting for any part of the day, but for less than a 24-hour period. Each participant receives services in accordance with an individualized service plan that is based on an assessment of the individual.

About social adult day services programs:  

  • Programs that receive funding from a local office for the aging and/or NYSOFA state funding are required to follow the NYSOFA regulations for social adult day care. There is no license, registration or certification required by New York State to operate a social adult day program
  • Services must include socialization (planned activities based on the needs and capabilities of the participants), monitoring and supervision (whereabouts of participants at all times, observing for behavioral and physical conditions), personal care (some assistance with mobility, toileting, transfers, and eating) and nutrition (meals, snacks, and hydration, as appropriate and in accordance with NYSOFA or Child and Adult Care Food Plan (CACFP) requirements)
  • Services may include total assistance in personal care (including continence and bathing assistance, assistance with self-administration of medication, simple dressings, routine skin care, and assistance with adaptive equipment)
  • Optional services include maintenance and enhancement of daily living skills (assisting participants to learn or relearn self-care skills and instrumental activities of daily living), case assistance, caregiver services, transportation coordination, directly provided transportation, and other services as identified in the participant care plan
  • Specialty components that have been implemented in some funded programs include Alzheimer’s/dementia specialized care, bilingual programming, health monitoring and wellness classes, community integration, service opportunities, intergenerational programming, therapeutic physical movement (physical therapy, occupational therapy, yoga, Tai-Chi, drum circles), creative art therapies (music therapy, art therapy, literary/poetry and drama), reminiscence and remotivational avenues for expression and validation

The New York State Office for the Aging funds 14 programs directly. Local offices for the aging across NYS provide funding for approximately 80 social adult day programs, as well.


A person who needs the assistance of another person in at least one of the following activities of daily living: toileting, mobility, transferring, or eating; or who needs supervision due to cognitive and/or psycho-social impairment.

Laws, Regulations and Standards

Social Adult Day Services Grant Recipients

The following 14 organizations receive a Social Adult Day Services grant from NYSOFA:

  • Capital Region Geriatric Center - The Eddy (Rensselaer)
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services (Queens)
  • Chautauqua Adult Day Centers (Jamestown, Dunkirk)
  • Freidberg JCC (Nassau)
  • Town of East Hampton (Suffolk)
  • Kaleida Health Foundation (Erie)
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (Manhattan)
  • New York Memory Center (Brooklyn)
  • Queens Community House (Queens)
  • Resource Center for Independent Living (Oneida)
  • Riverstone Senior Life Services (Manhattan)
  • Putman County Office for the Aging
  • LifePath (Albany)
  • Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (Nassau)

SADS Self-Monitoring

This Self-Monitoring Tool Guide is designed to provide step-by-step instructions on conducting program monitoring of social adult day services programs (SADS). The Social Adult Day Services Self-Monitoring Tool (referred to as the self-monitoring tool) and accompanying worksheets are designed to determine whether SADS are in compliance with the standards set forth in New York State Office for the Aging Social Adult Day Care regulations.

Guide - SADS Self-Monitoring


Supporting Materials

15-PI-12 Newly Adopted Social Adult Day Care Regulations The Social Adult Day Care Certification Process