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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective ServicesThis Department is mandated to investigate referrals involving vulnerable adults 60 years of age and older who live in the community and who are alleged to be abused, neglected or exploited. The assigned social worker is responsible for meeting with the client to assess the alleged concerns and linking that client to appropriate services within the community, including but not limited to home delivered meals, in-home care, probate court and financial assistance.Adult Protective Services

Maltreatment of seniors may be intentional or unintentional.  Some forms are the result of action or inaction on the part of the older adult themselves which leaves them at risk.  Often, older adults neglect themselves by refusing supportive services, not taking their medication, or living in an unsafe or unsanitary environment.  Caregivers may abuse, neglect, or exploit those for whom they provide care.

    APS Goals

    • To prevent, reduce, or remedy conditions causing endangerment to the older adult.
    • To maximize the adult's independence and self-determination.
    • To keep the adult safe in the least restrictive environment possible, or their own home.
    • To educate family members about available supportive services in the community and assist in linking families to service providers.