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What is Adult Protective Services?

Last modified: 3/7/2012 1:23 PM

The Santa Clara County Adult Protective Services program provides services to protect, prevent, and remedy abuse of elders and dependent adults. Adult Protective Services strives to reduce risk, maintain and enhance quality of life, promote self sufficiency and respect the right to self determination.

Adult Protective Services follows these ethical principles and best practice guidelines:

  • The concerns of elders and dependent adults are the starting point of any intervention.
  • Elders and dependent adults have the right to make decisions that do not conform to societal norms as long as these decisions do not harm themselves or others.
  • Elders and dependent adults are presumed to have decision making capacity unless a court adjudicates otherwise.
  • Elders and dependent adults have the right to accept or refuse services.
  • Adult Protective Services social workers avoid imposing personal values on elders and dependent adults.
  • Adult Protective Services social workers respect the elder's and dependent adult’s right to keep personal information confidential.
  • Adult Protective Services social workers recognize and value individual differences including cultural, historical and personal beliefs of elders and dependent adults.
  • Adult Protective Services social workers honor the right of elders and dependent adults to receive information about their choices and options in a form or manner that they can understand.