Adult Protective Services
The Adult Protective Services (APS) system is designed to protect Richland County's vulnerable adults (18 years of age and over).
Elder and Adults-At Risk Reporting:
Are you a witness or someone told you about an elderly person not taking care of themselves?
Are you wondering who to call about someone who is stealing money from a young adult who has a developmental disability?
Adult Protective Services responds to reports of vulnerable adults who maybe victims of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property.
If someone is in immediate danger, all 9-1-1.
For more information http://gwaar.org/for-seniors-and-families/elderly-abuse-for-seniors.html
Guardianship, Protective Placement and Protective Services:
A guardian is a person appointed by a court. A guardian can only exercise powers that laws and the court order state. If you cannot afford a lawyer and the person is receiving Medicaid, then the APS Social Worker and County Corporation Counsel maybe able to help. For more information: http://gwaar.org/wi-guardianship-support-center.html
Power of Attorney:
Everyone should complete a Power of Attorney for both health care and financial decisions while you are of sound mind. These documents appoint a person who would follow your healthcare wishes when you cannot make decisions for yourself. Completing a Power of Attorney document eliminates the need for a guardian. It is very important to communicate your wishes to the person you appoint in advance. To complete and print a Power of Attorney please click the following link: http://gwaar.org/wi-guardianship-support-center.html.