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 Division for Community Living, Disability Determination Services, the Division of Rehabilitative Services, 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

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

brain injuryAn estimated 390,000 Virginians live with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury and stroke and approximately 28,000 Virginians each year sustain brain injuries. Read Gov. Northam's proclamation to learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month in the Commonwealth.

Kathryn Hayfield named DARS Commissioner

Photo of Kathy Hayfield DARS' own Kathryn Hayfield has been named the agency's commissioner by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam. She has been with the agency for two decades and was most recently its Director of Rehabilitative Services. Read the Announcement.

Adult financial exploitation increases 20 percent in Virginia in SFY 2017

Photo of older woman on phone The latest report from DARS' Adult Protective Services found that the number of financially exploited Virginians last year leaped more than 20 percent from the previous year. Read the news release.

Be ready for severe weather

Cars in snowy trafficAre you ready for severe winter weather? These tips can help older adults and those with physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities remain safe through extreme cold and harsh winter storms. Find more guidance on several steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter and watch this video for more information.

New DARS division aligns aging, community based services programs

 The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has established the Division for Community Living, combining its aging and community based services programs into a single division. Read news release here.

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.