Virginia Adult Services (AS) Program

Program Description

The Virginia Adult Services (AS) Program is designed to allow seniors and disabled individuals who are at risk of nursing home placement to remain living at home or the home of a caregiver and receive services and care at those locations. It is the program's intention to both save the state money by preventing the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals, while at the same time increase the quality of life of functionally impaired persons. The program achieves these dual goals by supporting family caregivers and providing home care services.

Did You Know? The areas of Virginia with the longest life expectancy are, in order, Fairfax, Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington and Loudoun.

 

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible, Virginia residents must be at least 60 years of age or 18 and older and declared disabled. They must also be assessed to have a need for significant care on a regular basis. The local social service staff will conduct an individual assessment for individuals who may be in the target population.

This program is designed for low-income families, although the exact criterion in order to be financially eligible remains unpublished. That being said, eligibility is based on the state’s median income (with last published figures at approximately $66,000), with each local social services office setting the percentage of median income used for eligibility purposes.

 

Benefits and Services

A variety of care services are provided to AS Program participants all of which are intended to increase the independence of the individual and help them to remain living at home or in their community. These include:

  • Assessments for assisted living facilities
  • Adult day care
  • Case management
  • Chore services such as light home maintenance and yard work
  • Companion services to assist individuals with transportation and shopping for essentials
  • Homemaker services such as laundry and meal preparation
  • Nutritional counseling

The number of care services hours an individual can receive weekly is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, the maximum number of hours one can receive a week is 20. 

 

How to Apply / Learn More

The Adult Services Program is managed by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services via the Adult Protective Services Division. To apply one can contact their local social services department here.  Alternatively more information is available on their website.

 Virginia residents with Alzheimer's, dementia or a related memory disorder might also be interested in the Alzheimer's Assisted Living Waiver.  Residents without those conditions should read about the Auxiliary Grant for Assisted Living.