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Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services/Adult Services

What are Adult Protective Services (APS)? A Family Services Specialist, receiving a report or complaint about a suspicion or a risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult investigates the report, determines whether services are needed and helps find the necessary services to stop or prevent the abuse, neglect or exploitation from recurring. Adult Protective Services are provided, regardless of the person’s income or financial resources. Adult Protective Services include:

  • The receipt and investigation of reports that an adult is abused, neglected, or exploited or at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • The provision of a wide variety of health, social, and legal services to stop the mistreatment and prevent further mistreatment.

Who can receive Adult Protective Service (APS)? Anyone living in Fauquier County who is 60 years or older or who are incapacitated and 18 years of age or older may receive protective services if services are needed.

Where does APS investigate? APS completes investigations in almost every setting including the home, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, and hospitals. APS does not investigate allegations of mistreatment in jails or prisons.

If no one is harming a person, can she still qualify for APS if she is not able to take care of herself adequately? Yes, anyone who meets the criteria above can receive protective services. There is a definition called “self-neglect” to describe the situation of someone who needs help to make safe decisions or arrangements for care.

Can APS make someone accept services they do not want? No. If an adult has the capacity to make decisions, then APS cannot require her to do something she does not want to do. Only a Court can decide whether someone does not have the capacity to make safe decisions. If the Court makes that determination, then a Guardian is appointed for the person, but only as a last resort.

If you have questions about the situation of an elderly person or adult with disabilities, please call and talk to an Adult Protective Services Family Services Specialist. You may also call the 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-888-832-3858.

What is Adult Services? Adult Services coordinates and provides a range of services to maintain safe living conditions for incapacitated or elderly adults. These include:

  • Intake services including information and referral, initial screening and assessment, and assistance with emergencies
  • Home-based services, to the extent that local funds are available. Depending on the assessment of need, a trained companion provides a maximum of 20 hours per week of in-home assistance. Assistance with some activities of daily living and instrumental activity of daily living (housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation) is provided to income-eligible clients based on an assessment of the need for services. Periodic or one time only chore services are provided based on assessment. At times there may be a waiting list for these services.
  • Adult Foster Care and Respite care are provided to the extent a matching foster care home can be located. Funding for this program comes through a combination of client income and the Auxiliary Grant program.
  • Nursing home preadmission screening for impaired adults who currently receive Medicaid or anticipate receiving Medicaid within the next 180 days.
  • Medicaid Community-based Care screenings and subsequent arrangement of services.
  • Assistance with Assisted Living Facility placements and Nursing Facility placements.
  • Case management services: Assessment, service planning and coordination, and reassessment on an as needed or at least yearly basis. Case Management is offered to adults who receive other Adult Services from the Department or to those who are not eligible for case management with another agency, but require coordination of multiple services.

Date Last Modified: 07/02/2013


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