The Virginia Adult Services (AS) Program, also called Companion Services, 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 increasing the quality of life of functionally impaired persons. This program achieves these dual goals by supporting family caregivers and providing home care services.
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program is designed for low-income families, although the exact criterion in order to be financially eligible remains unpublished.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 for a single individual at approximately $54,420 / year and a household of two at approximately $71,160 / year), with each local social services office setting the percentage of median income used for eligibility purposes. Please note that the median income is updated in October of each year.
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:
The number of care service hours an individual can receive weekly is determined on a case-by-case basis and varies based on client needs and available funding. However, the maximum number of hours one can receive a week is approximately 20.
The Adult Services Program is managed by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) via the Adult Protective Services (APS) Division. To apply one can contact their local social services department here. Alternatively more information is available on their website.