The mission of the Adult Services Programs is to maximize
self-sufficiency; to serve adults through programs that protect and
prevent older and incapacitated adults from abuse, neglect, or
exploitation; to prevent the inappropriate institutionalization of
elderly and impaired adults; and to assist when necessary with
Adult Services are designed to allow
the adult to remain in the least restrictive setting and function as
independently as possible by establishing and/or strengthening
appropriate family and social support systems or by supporting the adult
in self-determination. Adult services are provided to impaired adults
age 18 or older, and to their families when appropriate. Adult services
provides screenings for long term care services, including adult day
care, assisted living facilities, companion services, nursing facility
placement, and personal care services.
The following principles are inherent to the provision of Adult Services:
A family-based approach to service delivery enhances services that support and strengthen the adult's informal support system.
Coordination and combination of formal and informal support systems provide the most effective service delivery system.
grants that responsibility to another individual.
preserve and protect the adult's right to self-determination even when
The adult has the right to make decisions on his or her own behalf
The adult is the focus of service delivery, and the worker shall
The least restrictive and least intrusive intervention necessary to stabilize the situation is the most appropriate.
The worker is an advocate for the adult.
there is a community or family request for the Social Services to
until he or she delegates that responsibility voluntarily or the court