The Adult Protective Services program has the very serious responsibility of helping dependent or elderly (age 65 or over) adults remain safely in their homes by responding to requests for help or reports of negligence or abuse. Services are free of charge, and all elderly and dependent adults (including the disabled ages 18–64) are entitled to services without regard to income or property if there is a need for protective services.
The Public Guardian takes charge of the personal care and finances of a person who has been found by the court to be incapable of taking care of him- or herself. Generally, these are older, frail, and/or disabled adults. Often, they have been victims of abuse or neglect. When there are no friends or relatives who are able to act as caretaker, the Public Guardian helps out.