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San Francisco Respite Care and Adult Day Care

San Francisco is the home to more than 40 adult day care centers. These centers provide assistance with activities for daily living (ADLs), structured programs, meals and snacks, and a network of seniors to enrich your loved one’s life.

Adult Day Care and Respite Care Centers

The majority of adult day care centers are open Monday through Friday until at least 5PM, although several do not close until 7PM. Within these operating hours, the center runs a structured program that can be based on social, medical, and/or specialized care.

The following is a list of activities for seniors at adult day care centers in San Francisco:

Occupational, physical, and speech therapy

Music therapy

Nutrition counseling

Outdoor activities


Arts and crafts

Baking and cooking

Social events

Plays, theater, and concerts

Toileting and incontinence care

Respite care

Meals and snacks

Medication reminders

Various forms of exercise

Card games

Board games


Guest speakers

Adult Day Care and Respite Care Providers

The California Department of Aging can provide you with a list of referrals and other senior services throughout San Francisco and the state. Your physician or therapist may recommend specific adult day care programs based on your loved one’s condition, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Centers, like Irene Swindells Center for Adult Day Services, provide intensive supervision with cognitive activities and mental stimulation for seniors with mild to moderate memory loss.

You can find over three-dozen adult day care centers in the San Francisco area. Check with the centers along your commute to make dropping off and picking up your loved one easier. Some programs provide transportation assistance to seniors without a vehicle.

The following is a list of adult day care centers in the area:

Presentation Day Health Center on Ellis Street

Mission Creek Day Health Center on 4th Street

Golden State AD Day Health on La Playa Street

Circle of Friends ADHC Inc on Steiner Street

Managing Adult Day Care Costs in San Francisco

Managing senior care costs can be trying for both your loved one and your family. The good news is that adult day care center costs are much lower than traditional in-home care or nursing home stays. According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for California, the average daily rate for a nursing home stay using a private room is $480. In-home care for an eight-hour shift averages $224 per day.

The average daily rate for an adult day care center in San Francisco is $76.

Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, does cover adult day care for low-income Californian seniors. The VA provides an additional pension to veterans and their surviving spouses to cover senior care. Your loved one can also use a long-term care insurance policy to cover adult day care costs or ask the center about sliding scale fees.

Learn more about Caregiving in San Francisco, CA here:

San Francisco In-Home Care

How Much Does San Francisco In-Home Care Cost?

San Francisco Aging-in-Place

San Francisco Support Groups for Caregivers

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