The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Welcome to DARS

Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.

DARS includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division of Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, the Office of Community Integration and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Learn more in this overview of the agency.


Latest News

More news from DARS

3C's of Choosing a Care Provider

Learn the basics of finding the right care provider to assist your loved one. November is National Family Caregivers Month, and oftentimes caregivers find they need to hire providers to stand in when they are unable to care for their loved one or would like respite from their caregiving duties. Learn more about cost, competence and compatibility from this online poster.

CVS Health opening "mock" pharmacies at rehabilitation facilities across the country

 CVS Health announces a collaboration with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers, on which WWRC Director Rick Sizemore is a member of the executive board. CVS plans to open eight pharmacy training locations by spring 2018. Read the news release here.

New law aids fight against adult financial exploitation

 DARS and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring remind Virginians of a new law that will aid investigations into the heinous crime of financial exploitation of older or vulnerable Virginians. The law requires any report of adult financial exploitation received by the state Adult Protective Services hotline or local departments of social services, regardless of the amount of financial loss, to be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

Be ready, Virginia

Hurricane Isabel It's hurricane season. Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of a storm? Learn from the Virginia Department for Emergency Management what items you should have ready for those with special needs at or for older adults at Visit for more.