Objectives: Older Australians are choosing to live within the community and there are a number of initiatives to enable this sector of the population to do so for longer. In an effort to ensure that they remain both physically and psychologically engaged, one initiative has been to provide community based day care (CBDC). Method: A narrative review was undertaken through searching MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus, Scopus and AgeInfo using keywords related to facility related, target group related and purpose/program of CBDC services. Results: Results indicated that there is a much research investigating different approaches but little consensus regarding the optimal delivery model thereby rendering it difficult to make a direct correlation as to the most effective CBDC. Discussion: The review presents an overview of the array of models providing centre based day care for older people. The challenge for future service delivery is to determine which of CBDC services are most successful in catering for the needs of older community dwelling adult or are new innovative models of CBDC required.