Adult Day Center

The West Haven Adult Day Center is a social and health care agency that deals with physical, emotional and social problems experienced by older adults. We are a community of people helping each other.


  • A variety of group discussions
  • Classes and activities
  • Health monitoring
  • Help with activities of daily living
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Recreation therapy
  • Bathing and grooming
  • Physical exercise and nutrition
Our center serves frail and handicapped adults from Greater New Haven. To date, clients have attended from Bethany, Branford, East Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, New Haven, West Haven and Woodbridge. Most are older than 60, but services have been given to a few younger adults with clear needs for this program.

Our center is housed in a wing of the spacious and modern Robert A. Johnson Community Center, formerly Noble School. The facilities include an arts and crafts room, a living room, a dining room, and a health and grooming room. Other portions of the Johnson center house a child day care center and various community offices. Participants in these programs share certain activities with our clients and help reduce the age segregation frequently found in services for older adults.


Every effort is made to arrange safe, reliable transportation. In some cases, it is provided by the center, which has a handicapped-accessible van with a wheelchair lift for wheelchair clients, and in other cases by the family or town of residence. The center is a certified medical day center.


Applicants to the program are first interviewed at the center and then, in most cases, are invited to attend the center on a trial basis for three days, for which a fee is charged. At the end of the trial period, the applicant and/or family will decide whether the program is suitable from their perspective, and the staff will determine the appropriateness of the applicant for the program. A meeting will then be scheduled to discuss the results of the trial period. Applicants admitted will sign a contract stating treatment goals, days of attendance, transportation arrangements, and fee.

At this moment, there are two state programs that can help fund adult day care. They are the Alzheimer’s Respite Program and the Home Care Program, both funded through the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. If a person is not eligible for any of the above programs, a private fee can be negotiated. When an individual is unable to pay the full fee, a reduced fee can be negotiated based on our sliding fee scale. All efforts are made to help individuals and families locate available resources. Funding for adult day care may also be available for veterans who have served through the West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital. 

There are certain problems that cannot be adequately cared for at the Adult Day Center, such as chronic unmanageable incontinence, excessive wandering, abusive and harmful behavior, constant need for one-on-one staff monitoring, or contagious conditions. Applicants with these problems cannot be served at the center. If these problems develop after a client enters the program, the day care services may need to be replaced by home care or nursing home care, and we will assist families in contacting the proper agencies. The center also offers special care to those clients with Alzheimer’s disease. 

People who join our program find it to be warm, friendly and active. Our capable, professional staff is well-complemented by a team of dedicated volunteers and students. There is a wide array of ages and experiences among our community of clients, volunteers and staff. We use an old, powerful medicine: People coming together in a mutually helpful atmosphere and, over a period of time, promoting each other’s strengths. Please feel free to call or visit our program if you would like more information.