When an individual can no longer be cared for in the community, placement in a home for adults or a nursing home may be considered.
Anyone needing 24-hour supervision, but not 24-hour nursing care, may wish to consider placement in a licensed home for adults. Some licensed homes for adults accept an auxiliary grant for which eligibility is determined by the Adult & Family Services Division of the Human Services Department.
Anyone wishing to be considered for nursing home placement and who will need Medicaid assistance within six months of admission must be pre-screened. If nursing home criteria are met and Medicaid eligibility is established, a choice may be made to enter a nursing home or consider options that allow a person to remain in the home.
There are two specific programs designed to meet the needs of low income or disabled citizens of Virginia Beach who need either in-home or placement in a facility.
Companion Services - Services may be provided to adults who are unable to care for themselves due to physical or mental limitations. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and certain other low income persons may receive in-home care and light housekeeping services. These services are provided by a licensed agency, under a contractual arrangement with Virginia Department of Social Services. Recipients must live in Virginia Beach.
Facility Placement - For facility placement, an assessment must be completed to determine appropriate level of care. Determination is made by a screening team comprised of Adult & Family Services and Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Staff. If nursing home level of care is needed, an array of options may be available including Personal Staff.
Adult Foster Care - The Adult Foster Care Program is designed for individuals who require supportive services to live in the community. Persons placed in the Adult Foster Care homes have needs which range from geriatric, mental health, mental retardation, and young adults with lifelong disabilities who were former foster care children, all of whom desire a comfortable home environment with extra support for caring providers.
The Adult & Family Services Division of the Human Services Department is looking for providers who will supervise up to three adults in their home to provide: meals, recreational activities, and a comfortable home environment. A representative from the Adult & Family Services Division is available to offer assistance to all adult foster care providers and the adults placed in each home.
To make an APS report, please contact our hotline at (757) 385-3550.
For additional information, please contact Wendy Swallow, (757) 385-3428.