Department of Social Services

Adult Services

We help elders or dependent adults remain safely in their homes

Adult Protective Services (APS) responds to reports of neglect or abuse of elderly and/or disabled adults.  Neglect may include neglect by another, and/or self-neglect.  Abuse may include financial, physical, sexual or psychological abuse by another.  APS social workers are on call 24 hours a day to assist those suffering from neglect or abuse. 

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program provides support services so that low-income elderly, blind, and disabled people can remain safely in their own homes and avoid costly nursing home care.  In-home caregivers provide services that can include bathing and dressing, bowel and bladder care, feeding, meal preparation, and household chores.  The cost of these services is about 50% less than the cost of nursing home care, and the program is funded by the Federal, State, and County governments. 

IHSS Brochures in English and Spanish

The In-Home Care Network (IHCN) is a state-mandated program that recruits, screens and trains in-home caregivers for IHSS recipients.  The Network maintains a registry that can match caregivers and recipients by location, time preferences, and type of work. For more information, please call 866-313-1353 or visit the California Department of Social Services website to learn more about how to become an IHSS Provider.

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Elder Abuse & Neglect
Reporting Hotline
8 AM to 5 PM: 
Santa Barbara   681-4550
Santa Maria 346-8303
Lompoc 737-6020

After Business Hours:

Sheriff's Dispatch 922-1236
If an elder is in immediate danger,  call 911.
If abuse is in a licensed residential or long-term care facility, call the Long-Term Care Ombudsman:
S. County 563-6025
N. County 928-4808


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