Apple Orchard 2017
Apple Orchard 2017

Enrollment Policy


DayStay accepts applications from adults 18 years of age or older who meet the following:

  1. Need daytime supervision in a structured environment to augment independent living.

  2. Have caregivers who need quality respite services.

  3. Need enrichment of daily activities, including social interaction, in order to improve quality of life and delay or prevent worsening condition that could lead to placement institutions.

  4. Need limited assistance with daily living tasks such as eating and toileting.


Examples of impaired adults who may benefit from DayStay services:

  • Persons suffering from isolation and/or loneliness.

  • Physically impaired adults who are unable receive basic care at home all of the time.

  • Mentally or physically frail adults who need supervision while the primary caregiver works or receives respite from care giving duties and responsibilities.

  • Cognitively impaired or disoriented persons whose altered behaviors affect daily activities or who require supervision.


DayStay is an Adult Day Services facility and NOT an Adult Day Health Care facility.  As such, it does not accept the following:

  1. Persons under the age of 18.

  2. Persons who are agitated or aggressive beyond our ability to ensure safety for the participants and staff members.

  3. Persons with an unstable medical condition.

  4. Persons who require one-to-one interaction/attention for long periods of time.

  5. Persons who require intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous medications while attending the program.

  6. Persons who can not self transfer.


Enrollment Procedure


The following is a general guideline to the steps of enrollment at DayStay:

  • Interested individuals can obtain enrollment forms by visiting the center (135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715) during our hours of operation, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. [due to Covid, we are currently operating 9:00-4:00], by calling (828) 665-1575, or by emailing daystaymiller@bellsouth.net

  • The enrollment packet includes an application and medical forms.  A medical examination must be completed by the participant’s physician. All application forms must be completed for review by DayStay prior to the participant’s first day of enrollment.

  • A visit by the participant and caregiver is encouraged.  This visit will allow the applicant to take part in the program and will help the staff to determine the applicant’s needs and interests.

  • During the visit, a DayStay staff member will discuss how well the applicant did during the visit, go over the remaining paperwork, and discuss payment/possible financial assistance. 

  • We will then set-up a care schedule or place applicant on a waiting list, if necessary.


Full time enrollment is considered 5 days per week; however, participants may elect to attend fewer days per week (as space allows).  Participants scheduled days must be selected at the time of enrollment.  Staffing is based on the scheduled daily attendance.

If participants will be arriving after 10:00 a.m., caregivers are asked to call to ensure we have enough lunch prepared and maintain proper staff ratio.

Participants with more than 10 consecutive absences will be removed from services, but may be allowed to re-enroll when space is available.


Cost of Services

  • The daily rate is $50 per person.  

  • Statements are prepared at the end of each month. 

  • Discounted rates and financial assistance may be available.

  • Medicare/Medicaid do not cover costs associated with Adult Day Services such as DayStay.

  • Half-day services are offered when space is available.  Half-day is 4-hours – with lunch for $35 per day.