Adult Services

Adult Protective Services

Disabled adults are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Avery County department of social services receives and evaluates reports to determine whether disabled adults are in need of protective services and what services are needed (as required by Article 6, Chapter 108A of the North Carolina General Statutes).

Activities include:

 

Guardianship Services

Guardianship Services include assessing an adultís ability to make important decisions concerning his or her personal welfare and/or financial resources; exploring alternatives to guardianship; providing information to assist the family or others in making decisions. Services may also involve initiating and participating in court proceedings; acting as a resource to the family when needed; participating in multi-disciplinary evaluations as ordered by the court; and carrying out guardianship responsibilities when the director is appointed as guardian. These responsibilities may include making decisions about where the individual will live, authorizing medical treatment, managing the adultís finances, and arranging for any necessary services.

Adult Services Intake

Adult Services Intake provides services to adults who are in an emergency situation due to a financial or health crisis. The Intake social worker assesses the clientís needs and assists them by informing them of available community resources and services both within and outside the Department that may be able to assist them.

Adult Care Home Licensure

Adult Care Home Licensure involves the activities necessary to license, supervise, and monitor adult care homes and homes for elderly and disabled adults.