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Adult Assistance & Protective Services

Making a Difference

Adult Assistance & Protective Services

Julie Sebastian
Social Work Supervisor III

Aid to the Blind

The purpose of this program is to help visually impaired individuals with eye certification, adjustment with self independence, orientation, mobility, and counseling services to ensure total integration into the environment and community.

Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care provides care and supervision to elderly or disabled adults, allowing caregivers to work and provide respite, as an option to placement.

Guardianship and Payee

The court can appoint a legal guardian to make life determining decisions for incompetent adults who do not have other responsible persons who are able or willing to do so.

Representative Payee

The Department of Social Services can serve as protective payee for those receiving social security, veteran’s benefits, or public assistance, who are in jeopardy of being deprived of basic needs.

In-home Services

These personal care services can be provided in order to enable clients to remain in their own home and to achieve or maintain a level of self sufficiency (i.e. light housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, etc.).

Long-term Care/Community Alternatives

Long Term Care/Community Alternatives is a program that enables qualified Medicaid recipients in need of skilled nursing or intermediate nursing care to remain at home through provision of a variety of appropriate in-home and community services.

Long Term Care: Facilities List

Adult Placement Services Assistance
We can help you find the appropriate facility and level of care for your loved one.

Monitoring Adult Care Homes (Assisted Living Facilities)
Program Purpose: License and monitor Adult Care Homes and investigate complaints.
Contact: Adult Home Specialist (828) 632-1080

Nutrition Services for the Elderly

Nutrition Services for the Elderly are provided through Congregate Meal sites at Friendship Lutheran Church and New Salem Presbyterian Church. Nutritious meals, fellowship and activities are provided each weekday. Home Delivered Meals provide a noon meal to elderly and disabled in order to maintain and improve their health.

Protective Services for Adults

The purpose of Adult Protective Services is to receive and evaluate reports of suspected adult abuse, adult neglect, or adult exploitation (ages 18 and older).

Special Assistance

Special Assistance provides a cash supplement to help low income individuals who are at risk of entering an Adult Care Home (ACH) to remain at home. The program provides an alternative to placement in an ACH for individuals who could live at home safely with additional support services and income.


Transportation arrangements can be made through Greenway Transit Authority, by calling (828) 465-7640.