APS can only remove a person from an unsafe home on a voluntary basis. If the person is mentally competent, APS has no jurisdiction. If the client is thought to be mentally incompetent, APS will take legal steps to determine if a conservatorship or surrogate decision-maker is necessary.
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Adults 65 or older or a person 18 to 64 years who is dependent due to a physical or mental disability.
No, however APS can assess the client for out-of-home care, board and care home, assisted living, etc. and try to facilitate placement and make referrals to placement agencies.
It is not necessary to have proof of one’s suspicions to make a report of a suspected abuse as long as the report is made in “good faith”. There are penalties for making a false or malicious report of abuse.
No, there are many factors to determine if a Conservatorship should be pursued. Other methods are tried first which may alleviate the problem. If warranted, a referral may be made to the Placer County Public Guardian by the APS social worker.
Yes, In Home Supportive Services (a state run program administered by the county for low income individuals) is one of the resources. Referrals to care giving agencies and nursing registries can be provided to the client.
You can expect them to respond in 10 calendar days.
An abuse or neglect incident or condition that is believed to likely result in permanent injury or death. An APS social worker will respond immediately to check on the client’s welfare. Emergency response services are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.