Adult & Aging Services
Adult Services programs are designed to protect and support the elderly and disabled. The Adult Services branch is comprised of the following programs:
|Adult Protective Services||
Area Agency on Aging of
Lake & Mendocino Counties
|In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)|
|Public Administrator||Public Authority||Public Guardian|
Adult Protective Services (APS) is committed to helping adults age 65 and older, as well as adults whose physical or mental limitations restrict their day-to-day life activities, live in a safe environment.
APS is designed to link with the existing adult programs within Lake County provided by other public, private, and community-based organizations.
Social Workers investigate allegations of abuse, exploitation, self-neglect and abandonment, and also help provide information and referrals for housing, food, clothing and case management.
The goal of APS is to ensure the safety and well-being of older and dependent adults in Lake County. With the support of families, the community and agency partners, our clients can live independently and safely within their homes and communities.
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For a copy of the Adult Protective Services Brochure please click here: APS Brochure
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In order to be eligible to receive IHSS services, applicants must be eligible for the Medi-Cal Program. Find more information on the Medi-Cal Program here. Once Medi-Cal eligibility has been established, an IHSS Social Worker meets with the applicant to assess his/her physical and/or mental limitations. If the applicant qualifies for the IHSS program, the Social Worker determines the necessary services and the number of service hours. The Social Worker will meet with each recipient a minimum of once a year, or more often as needed, to reassess the recipient’s needs.
To apply, call the Adult Services office at 707-995-4680. You will need to provide info about the disability and obtain a health care certification from your doctor.
IHSS recipients who do not have an IHSS provider can request one from the Public Authority registry.
The duties of the IHSS Advisory Committee include providing ongoing advice and recommendations regarding the IHSS program to the Board of Supervisors and any administrative entity in the County that is related to the delivery and administration of IHSS.
When the Public Administrator's office becomes aware of an estate that needs administration, they have the responsibility of attempting to locate a will, the next of kin and protect all assets of the estate. The Public Administrator liquidates and disburses the estate according to the decedent’s will, if there is one, or according to probate code.
The significant role of the Public Authority is to assist IHSS recipients in gaining greater access to care providers. This is accomplished by creating and maintaining a computerized registry of screened and trained care providers.
In addition to establishing a registry, the Public Authority is also responsible for: 1) investigating the qualifications and background of potential care providers, 2) establishing a referral system to connect providers with recipients and, 3) providing training for providers and recipients.
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IHSS recipients who are in need of a service provider can ask their social worker to refer them to the Public Authority or call the Adult Services main number at (707)-995-4680.
Interested in applying to be be listed on the registry and referred to clients? Call Public Authority for details.
The Public Guardian works in partnership with Lake County Behavioral Health for all LPS Conservatorships. An LPS Conservatorship lasts for one year; if necessary, the Public Guardian can petition the Court to renew the conservatorship. Probate Conservatorships are established for individuals determined disabled as a result of a medical illness. The Public Guardian is generally appointed as conservator when there are no family members who are willing or able to be appointed. A conservator may be responsible for the estate, the person, or both the estate and the person.
Referrals typically come from doctors and hospitals, but if you have any questions regarding Public Guardian services in Lake County, please call and ask to speak to the Public Guardian supervisor.