Adult Protective Services (APSW)

For individuals 18 years of age and older

The Adult Protective Service Worker (APSW) program serves the County of Oxford and is funded through the Ministry of Community & Social Services.

The program offers support to individuals, 18 years and older, who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability and whose goal is to live independently in the community.

The program has been in operation since 1974. It was started as a result of public concern for individuals with developmental disabilities who were living independently in the community without the necessary support systems from family and friends.

Referrals are accepted from individuals, families, friends, professionals and service agencies. The form and degree of service depends on the voluntary, active participation of the person concerned.

Adult Protective Service Worker functions include:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Outreach
  • Instrumental counselling
  • Coordination of health and legal services
  • Community education

The program aims to support individuals in attaining and maintaining a meaningful life in the community as well as to ensure that the individual has access to all needed services and supports available in the community. APSWs plan co-operatively with individuals in setting personal goals of their own choice and develop working relationships with generic community services to facilitate the individual’s full participation in the community. An important objective is to promote community awareness of the individuals needs, limitations, and support network.

The goal of our Adult Protective Services program is to support those served by the Advocacy, Planning & Support Program to control their own lives and to share in the rights and responsibilities of community living.

For more information, contact the following:

Tillsonburg & South Oxford
Adult Protection Service Worker at 1-877-539-0463 ext. 253, Fax: 519-688-9292
1 Library Lane, Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 4W3

Woodstock & North Oxford
Adult Protection Service Worker at 1-877-539-0463 ext. 293, Fax: 519-539-7058
912 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 1H1

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