Adult Protective Services Videos

Self-Neglect
Self-Neglect

Self-neglect occurs when older adults, by choice or by lack of awareness, live in ways that are harmful to themselves. They may be unwilling or unable to perform essential self-care tasks, such as providing food and clothing, getting the right medical care, maintaining personal hygiene, or managing financial affairs. When a family member or loved one starts to exhibit signs of self-neglect, please call Tulare County Adult Protective Services at (877) 657-3092.

What is APS?
What is APS?

Abuse and neglect affect many older and dependent adults in Tulare County every day. Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to allegations of possible abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and self-neglect involving older adults age 60+ and disabled dependent adults aged 18–59. If you suspect or know of abuse, please call Tulare County APS at (877) 657-3092.

Elder Financial Abuse
Elder Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and—in some cases—costs them their life savings. The most common scams in our area are Elder financial abuse – this happens when someone the victim knows and trusts — like a family member, close friend, or caregiver — tries to gain access to the senior’s savings, credit, or assets. Romance scams – Romance scammers create elaborate fake profiles, often on social media, and exploit older adults’ loneliness to get money. Gift card scams – routinely involve callers, often from overseas, phoning victims and telling them they owe money for a debt or needed services and that they should immediately go to a retail location to buy a gift card that can be used to pay off the purported obligation. If you or someone you know may have been a victim of abuse you can contact our Adult Protective Services' 24-hour Abuse hotline at (877) 657-3092.


Agency News

2024 Walk with a Doc Program

2024 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.  

Video: Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program

Video: Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program

When everyday tasks such as cooking dinner, climbing stairs, or managing your medical appointments become too difficult for you to do on your own, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, also known as MSSP, might be able to help. 

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

In Tulare County self-neglect is the most common condition reported to our Adult Protective Services program, typically accounting for up to 50% of all investigations. The goal of APS is to maintain the safety, health, and independence of the individual.

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to initiate discussions with experts, organizations, state government representatives,and others, to come up with ways to increase availability, accessibility, and quality.