Any adult day services program caring for 10 or more clients must be licensed by the TN Department of Human Services. This section includes licensed facilities in Knox and contiguous counties. For adult day programs in other counties, call the appropriate Office on Aging.
Licensed adult day services provide planned physical and mental stimulation, health screenings, therapeutic activities, nutritional snacks and hot meals. Program staff design individual plans of care. Services may include: transportation, personal care (bathing, hair care), medication reminders, social services, and nursing services. Ask what is offered, depending on your needs.
Rates vary. Private pay. CHOICES, VA, and some long-term care insurance may cover adult day services. The listed programs offer financial help or sliding scale, if needed. Most programs have an admission assessment. Hours are listed, but all are flexible and will try to work with your family’s needs.
Adult day programs, because they are a safe place for older persons, can provide respite for caregivers. Most require that participants have minimum physical abilities to participate; for example, mobility (able to walk, with or without a walker or cane; or able to use a wheelchair and transfer without help); self-care (able to feed self and handle personal hygiene with minimal assistance); and adaptability to a group setting. Most programs accept adults with dementia or other physical or mental impairments and also seniors who are frail, socially isolated, and who need daily supervision. Some accept adults of any age; some have minimum age requirements.
Please note: Eligibility criteria vary among programs. Seniors and caregivers should talk to staff and visit programs to choose the one that meets their needs.
Most facilities use devices that trip an alarm if someone leaves the unit without authorization. If your loved one has a tendency to wander, ask about security measures.
The programs listed are not sitter services or “day-stay” programs. Those also can offer respite for caregivers and a safe place for elders, but they are not licensed as adult day services and don’t offer a full range of activities.
Some housing facilities allow nonresidents to attend a day-stay program with structured activities in a safe environment. These programs often are not licensed adult day services. See Housing.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Avenue, 37915
Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Socialization for seniors and respite caregivers. CHOICES accepted. Financial assistance available. | Website »
Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive, 37934
Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Website »
Licensed by the State of Tennessee and operated by the Office on Aging’s O’Connor Senior Center
North Ridge Crossing, 3900 Probus Road, 37918
Mon.-Fri., 7:45 am – 4:15 pm. Free or low cost for income-eligible persons. RN on call. Free transportation. | Website »
723 Emory Valley Rd., Oak Ridge, 37830
Mon.-Fri., 8 am – 5 pm. | Website »
Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
1732 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, 37801
Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm.
4036 Gap Rd., 37912
Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5:30 pm. | Website »
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, 37830
Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Partners in dementia care. | Website »