Adult Family Home Program (AFH)
An Adult Family Homes is similar to a Children's Foster Home, in that care and supervision are provided to non-family members in a home environment. However, as the name implies, an Adult Family Home provides support and supervision to adults with a variety of disabilities, rather than to children. At this time, counties can certify Adult Family Homes for one or two adults. The State licenses Adult Family Homes for three or four adults.
The certification process includes several components and steps which include a written application, a background disclosure form, a physical/health form, a water test for rural homes, a home fire inspection, a home visit by the County Adult Family Home Coordinator, etc.
For more information about the program, or to request an application packet, please contact the Department of Human Service (839-2300) and ask to speak with the Adult Family Home Coordinator.
Services for the Elderly
The Long Term Support Unit, a part of the Adult Services Division, works with individuals within the community who are considered frail elderly. Upon the completion of a functional assessment, a service plan is developed with the consumer to address whatever barriers exist to keeping the individual in the community. Services may be offered in the area of supportive home care or personal care, and adaptive aids.
Adults with Physical/Developmental Disabilities
This unit within the Adult Services Unit works with a population of consumers who have been determined to meet the federal definition of a severe mental or physical impairment, which causes a substantial functional limitation and is manifested before 22 years of age. An in-depth assessment with the consumer and family drives the development of an individualized services plan, which may include residential, vocational, guardianship or home care services.
Elder Abuse is defined in four categories:
Physical abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or unreasonable confinement. It includes, but is not limited to: choking, inappropriate medications or tying of locking a person up. It also includes sexual abuse.
Material abuse, sometimes call financial exploitation, is the misuse of an elder?s money or property.
Neglect occurs when a caregiver's failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care results in significant danger to the physical of mental health of an older person in his/her care.
Self-neglect means a significant danger to an elder person's physical or mental health because the elder person is unable to or fails to provide him/herself with adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care.
For Information on how to report elder abuse, contact the Dept. of Human Services
at (715) 839-7118.
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