Protection and Abuse Prevention programs provides services that focus on protection the vulnerable populations of aging and disabled in the Upper Cumberland. These services include legal, ombudsman, elder abuse, and Guardianship.
The Public Guardianship Program is designed to aid persons 60 years of age and older who are unable to make financial and medical decisions and have no family member, friend, bank, or corporation able to act on their behalf. The District Public Conservator may, through court appointment, legally make decisions for care and manage the person and/or property on behalf of program participants.
The District Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman seeks to obtain solutions and resolve problems on behalf of the residents. The Ombudsman works with many agencies and may be able to resolve questions or concerns that involve state and federal agencies serving residents of long-term care facilities.
The legal assistance program utilizes senior citizen centers as contact points in each of the Upper Cumberland counties of Tennessee. Ben Kilgrow, an attorney, provides legal assistance in specified areas of law, giving priority to economically disadvantaged older persons.
The Adult Abuse Coalition