The county of Prince George in Maryland, U.S.A has multiple assisted living facilities that can accommodate vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services (APS) plays a significant role in helping the facilities acquire resident placement. Typically, Prince Georgia’s APS is a resource under the department of social services (DSS) that links with present adult-based programs (Vourlekis 1). The main intention of APS is to protect defenseless adults who have attained 18 years and have no physical or mental capability to cater for their basic needs.
Since APS has all the data required on vulnerable adults, it becomes easy to place individuals in the appropriate assisted living facility in Prince George County. With the help of social care workers, nurses, and community caregivers, among other professionals, APS carries out research on the available amenities for assisted living to determine whether they match with the intended plan of care and their goals for the patient (Resnick, et al. 158). Some of the factors that APS considers before referring a vulnerable adult in an assisted living institution in Prince George include the population, the resources available, as well as reputation. If they find the foundation appropriate, then, APS arranges for the placement of the individual the facility.
Most importantly, APS organizes scrutiny of the facilities that seem appropriate to place an adult for assisted living. The living conditions should be healthy (Resnick, et al. 161). For instance, it is expected that an establishment should observe high standards of cleanliness. More so, an assisted living facility should have a robust security system since the essence of APS is to ensure that the vulnerable adults are not exposed to any harm whatsoever. After assessing these conditions, APS documents and facilitates the transportation of the individual to the amenity.
Resnick, Barbara, Elizabeth Galik, and Erin Vigne. “Translation of function-focused care to assisted living facilities.” Family & community health 37.2 (2014): 155-165.
Vourlekis, Betsy, ed. Social work case management. Routledge (2017): 1.