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What Should Congress Know about Adult Day Services?


Left to Right: Jennifer Dexter (DC), Keri Pendley (IL), Roy Afflerbach (PA) and Lisa Peters-Beumer (IL) during Capitol Hill Day 2014.

NADSA Public Policy Conference
Washington, DC
Help Advance Adult Day Services on Capitol Hill
May 4-5, 2015

With a new Congress in session, we invite you to join us and other adult day services supporters in Washington D.C. as we advocate for adult day with our elected officials! First time to D.C. as an advocate?  No worries—seasoned advocates will be paired with new advocates because together, everyone achieves more!


“We had the basics from NADSA. When meeting with the Congressman, I gave him a picture I had taken when he visited RossWoods. He asked his staffer to put it on his bookshelf. He mentioned how much he enjoyed visiting RossWoods and even described his visit, which was almost a year and a half ago. I think connecting personally with the legislator really adds to the conversation. I really could not do that when I met with the legislator assistant. He was all business and did not have time for small talk. I was his 10th meeting that day.”
—Laurie Parker, GA

“I think the public policy event is a must for every Administrative staff member. It is extremely enlightening and you really feel a part of a great organized effort. My husband spoke with two physicians from Florida, which commended our group for appearing well put together, cohesive and well organized. It was a great educational experience!”
—Janet Steiner, FL

“To all those who feel that attending won’t make a difference, I can guarantee you that doing nothing will have the effect of not even existing. If we can’t be bothered to advocate for ourselves, then we have only ourselves to blame for whatever happens to the Adult Day Services industry.”
—Howard Snyder, Senior Care Centers of America


Event registration includes:

  • Dinner & Networking, Monday evening, May 4 (at Hilton Old Town, Alexandria, VA)
  • Breakfast & Public Policy Education session, Tuesday morning, May 5 (at Hilton Old Town, Alexandria, VA)
  • One round-trip Metro pass for legislative appointments
  • Leave-behind packets for legislative visits
  • Assistance with scheduling legislative visits with Congressional staff/members of Congress for registrants before April 6. The earlier you register, the better the scheduling options for meetings with your elected officials!

Looking Back at 2014…
Approximately 50 adult day services supporters from 22 states convened in Washington, DC, in April 2014 for the National Adult Day Services Public Policy Conference. Attendees traveled from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to speak up for adult day services. Over 100 legislative visits were pre-scheduled for advocates to meet with their elected officials or their legislative staff.

As one attendee said, “Our representatives in Congress do not know all they need to know to make decisions.” We, the people, must invite our elected officials to see adult day services in action. This is key to getting action right now with legislators. Have your legislators been invited to your day center recently?  It makes for a terrific public relations opportunity for your center to get media attention while also educating them about the valuable services you offer. When asked what others should know about the importance of getting involved in public policy, 18-year Florida veteran director Janet Steiner said, “If they care about the future of their business, then advocacy has to be part of their program. The squeaky wheel gets the grease! Unity and numbers make waves. Advocacy should be an expected part of providing a service that so little is known about.”

Register now in the online store at!

Lodging and transportation are extra.


Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1767 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for $235 (plus tax) per room per night at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. The special room rate will be available until April 3, 2015, or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first. Indicate your affiliation with NADSA to receive the reduced room rate. Click the link to register for hotel rooms online at National Adult Day Services Association or call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667).

Located in the historic, vibrant King Street neighborhood, the Hilton Alexandria Old Town hotel, which was renovated in April 2014, is one of the most convenient hotels in Alexandria for business and leisure travelers visiting Washington, DC. Downtown DC attractions and government buildings are minutes away by Metro. After a long day exploring DC, reinvigorate with a workout in the fitness center.


May 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. Join us on Monday evening for networking. We will gather to meet each other, share ideas, dine together, and prepare for legislative meetings (Hilton Alexandria Old Town).

May 5, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast, Public Policy Education Session (Hilton Alexandria Old Town)

10:00 a.m. – until Congressional Hill visits—NADSA will provide assistance with scheduling meetings with Congressional staff/members of Congress for registrations received before April 6, 2015. The earlier you register, the better the scheduling options for meetings with your elected officials!

Plan now to attend the 2015 National Adult Day Services Public Policy Conference!

—By Teresa D. Johnson, MBA, Managing Director