The General Purpose Of Adult Protective Social Services
Professionals and volunteers who provide aging and disability services are well-positioned to identify and report when someone is being mistreated. Their services may be called for to assist survivors of abuse and neglect. Members of the aging and disability network can also educate consumers and family members about prevention strategies.
One of the roles that Adult Protective Services can play is putting together a plan of care marshaling other social services to enhance quality of life, reduce the negative impacts of the experience of abuse, and to reduce the future risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Aging and disability services can include:
- In-home supportive services
- Nutrition programs, including meals on wheels
- Home modifications
- Transportation arrangements
- Caregiver supports
- Assistive devices to aid with daily activities
- Benefits and pension counseling
- Linkages with other aging and disability resources
Learn about social services for Older Americans and Individuals with Disabilities by visiting these websites:
- U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living
- Disability.gov, the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
APS and other social services providers can also help clients develop a safety plan. Safety plans may include connections with domestic violence shelters, counseling, and other services.
Source: National Center On Elder Abuse
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