Adult Day Health Services

Iona’s adult day health services provide your older family members with individualized therapeutic, social, and health services during the day. We offer compassionate care and a friendly community at our Wellness & Arts Center in Tenleytown, Northwest DC. In 2020, Iona is opening a second location in Congress Heights, Southeast, DC—to be named The Washington Home Center. 


“Many people see only the things someone with dementia or physical challenges can’t do. We see all the things they CAN do.”
– Sharon O’Connor, Wellness & Arts Center Director 


Program Details

Adult day health services provide the best of both worlds when it comes to care options for your family member. Older adults with cognitive or physical challenges benefit from the company of peers, enriching and lively activities, and close attention from compassionate health professionals. At the same time, they’re also able to return to the comforts and familiarities of their homes every evening. Meanwhile, family caregivers benefit by taking a break and regrouping, all with the knowledge that their family member is not bored or lonely at home all day.

We provide stimulating activities, socialization, a nutritious and well-balanced lunch, and nursing supervision for older adults with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, intellectual disabilities, and other challenges.


Adult day health services provide care at a significantly lower cost than other long-term care services in the area. A Genworth report on long-term care costs found that adult day health services are the least expensive option in Washington, DC.

We have a variety of payment options and financial assistance. Options include Medicaid waivers where appropriate, VA benefits, private pay, and sliding scale subsidies. Our social worker will meet with your family to discuss your specific financial circumstances.



Designing a calendar of enriching activities—tailored to the meet the needs of all our participants—is at the forefront of our work. Our calendar of activities:

  • Meets the diverse interests of our participants. If you’re spending the day with us, you should be enjoying it! That’s why we often offer multiple activities at the same time. Participants can choose what interests them. Staff is always there to help those who need encouragement or guidance. When participants first join our program, we’ll have a conversation about their likes and dislikes so that we can make sure our calendar has something everyone can look forward to.
  • Supports a range of cognitive and physical abilities. We want everyone in our community to enjoy our programs. That means that no matter their ability, they’re always welcome to participate. Our experienced team can accommodate or modify any activity so that all participants can join in safely.
  • Encourages contributions from all members of our community. We firmly believe that everyone has something they can share with our community, no matter how shy or reluctant they are to participate. It can be a story, song, piece of artwork, handshake, or even smile.
  • Helps prevent cognitive and physical decline. Everything we do is in support of our participant’s health. That’s why we start our mornings with daily exercise and stretching to address cardiovascular disease and diabetes. And to keep brains healthy and active, we have creative writing, mindfulness & meditation, word games, discussions, touch-screen computer games, puzzles, and more.

Contact Information

Wellness & Arts Center
4125 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-895-9448
Fax: 202-895-0245

Program hours:

8:15 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

The Washington Home Center  – Coming Soon!
3303 Stanton Rd. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-895-9448
Fax: 202-895-0245

In 2020, Iona is opening the first adult day center in Congress Heights, Southeast DC—to be named The Washington Home Center. This new site will provide the same high quality care as our Wellness & Arts Center in Northwest DC. Learn more about Iona East Capital Campaign.

Inclement weather policy:

Both adult day health centers follow DC Public Schools closures and weather delays. When DC Public Schools have a delayed opening, the Wellness & Arts Center and The Washington Home Center will start at a delayed time.

Visit Our Program

The best way to understand our program is to see it yourself! We invite you to learn more and schedule a visit of our Tenleytown location. We do not currently offer tours of our Congress Heights site, which will open in 2020. Come meet our compassionate staff, enjoy our enriching activities, and see firsthand the difference spending the day with Iona makes in the lives of our participants.

For more information, please call us at 202-895-9448, or use our contact form to send an email inquiry.

Other common activities include pet visits, poetry corner, children’s visits, baking, yoga, educational lectures, and field trips to museums, the Kennedy Center, Botanic Gardens, and the cherry blossoms. Download a sample calendar of activities.

“Every time I step foot in Iona, it’s like stepping foot in heaven.”
– Marina Quijano, Wellness & Arts Center participant

Art Therapy

Iona’s art therapy program is a favorite among families and participants.
It’s not uncommon for us to hear comments such as, “My husband has never held a paintbrush in his life!” or “Mom isn’t interested in participating in any activity, let alone art.” Yet, time and again, families are amazed and encouraged by the power of art therapy — how it draws participants in from different backgrounds, professions, and interests, and opens them to new forms of expression.

Although it is not a required activity, an overwhelming number of participants not only enjoy their time in the art therapy studio, but look forward to it.

Facilitated by an art therapist who is educated in art, counseling, and psychotherapy, participants are encouraged to relax, explore, share, and enjoy art’s creative and social aspects in both group and individual sessions. Additionally, for participants who are struggling to express themselves verbally, art therapy provides them with a nonverbal tool for communication.

Studies reveal that art therapy benefits include:

  • Promoting confidence and self-expression
  • Relieving anxiety or stress
  • Accessing memories and sharing stories
  • Enhancing physical and mental well-being
  • Developing friendships and camaraderie in group sessions

Art Education with The Phillips Collection

Another highlight of our arts programming is our unique partnership with The Phillips Collection, a Dupont Circle museum known for its collection of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary artworks. Every other month, participants visit The Phillips for a private tour designed for people with memory loss or cognitive impairment. Participants can weave a narrative about selected artworks, and, in the process, engage their imaginations, share insights, and connect with their feelings.

Back in the art therapy studio, participants explore themes that emerged in their discussions. This collaboration culminates in a two-month exhibition at The Phillips each fall, where participants’ artworks are displayed in a one-of-a-kind show.

Health Services

Nurse servicesWe have 1 Registered Nurse and 1 Licensed Practical Nurse on our staff. All of our staff are highly-trained and specialize in the care of older adults, and especially individuals with cognitive challenges.

Our nurses monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight loss or gain. They also administer medication, and serve as a liaison between you and your family physician. Regular communication with families and physicians ensures that care needs never fall through the cracks.

We also have a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who is available to consult with staff, participants, and families. Our RDN can help assess and make recommendations for participants with nutritional concerns, such as unintentional weight loss or gain, or the need for nutritional supplements or to follow a medically-tailored diet. Our team is also happy to modify lunch or snacks to best meet your person’s needs. For example, we can provide chopped or pureed food, or modify meals for some allergies, intolerances, and preferences. If you have specific diet or nutritional needs, please let us know during the enrollment process.

For your convenience, Iona also partners with a physical therapist that is available to evaluate and work with your person on-site.


Social Work Services

Our social worker, senior manager, and nurses personally guide families through our enrollment process. You will meet with our team to go over needs, interests, goals, and any other information that will make the transition to our program a simple and smooth process.


“We talk about person-centered care. What that means is we figure out what makes people tick, what brings them joy.”
– Sharon O’Connor, Wellness & Arts Center Director


After your family member has joined our program, our social worker will stay in regular contact with you. We provide personal updates on your family member’s progress and regularly share community resources to help you access other support should the need arise.


Caregiver Support

Your family member may spend the day with us, but adult day services are also a service for you.

When you need to run errands, go to work, or simply take time for yourself, our program is there to keep your family member active and engaged. When you have a concern about a change in health or mood, our experienced team is ready to answer questions or give you updates. And when you need additional referrals, our social workers can direct you to the best community resources.

We also offer support groups and other programs specifically designed for caregivers, and one-on-one consultations with team members who know you, your family, and your unique circumstances.


“I have time for my own things, to clean the house, rest, and not worry where he is because he’s in a safe place with a lot of activities. He paints, children visit, pets are brought into the Center. At the end of the day, he holds my hand, looks into my eyes, smiles at me. I have a husband I thought would no longer exist.”
– Elena Tscherny, caregiver and wife
of Wellness & Arts Center participant


Families report enjoying these benefits from our program:

  • Support groups
  • Educational programs
  • One-on-one consultations with social worker
  • Memory Café (a special evening with planned activities for individuals with memory loss and their family or friends to spend time together)
  • Regular communication with staff
  • Respite

You may also tap into Iona’s larger network of social workers, psychotherapists, and care managers who can provide even more information and resources if needed later in your caregiving journey.

Visit Our Program

The best way to understand our program is to see it yourself! We invite you to learn more and schedule a visit of our Tenleytown location. We do not currently offer tours of our Congress Heights site, which will open in 2020. Come meet our compassionate staff, enjoy our enriching activities, and see firsthand the difference spending the day with Iona makes in the lives of our participants.

For more information, please call us at 202-895-9448, or use our contact form to send an email inquiry.