Adult day care expands, Journal reports

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Adult day care is becoming more popular among working professionals whose parents live with them, according to the Wall Street Journal. Demand for the service is growing from anywhere between 5% and 15% every year, the Journal said.

Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have found that, in some areas where adult day care is extremely popular, hospital readmission rates are down almost 50% for seniors participating in local programs. It is popular in many cases because it offers a more affordable and stimulating alternative to hiring a home health aide, the Journal reported.

In 2007, the CMS started a three-year pilot program that will allow funds originally earmarked for home health care services to be used instead to help offset the costs of adult day care. Medicare officials called results "encouraging."