Although elder abuse has occurred for centuries, it wasn't until the late s -- early s that elder abuse victims received national attention. In the Select Committee on Aging held hearings in which victimized elders gave firsthand testimony of their experiences. The report concluded that elder abuse is a full scale national problem and exists with a frequency few dare to imagine.
Jump to navigation Skip to main content. To report abuse of an adult at risk age 18 to 59call your county helpline. To report abuse in a nursing home or other long term care facility, contact the Division of Quality Assurance.
Abuse can happen to anyone—no matter the person's age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. This is called elder abuse.
There are APS agencies all over the nation, and more than likely there is one near your community. If you have any issues, concerns or questions, it is always confidential and safe to contact an APS office near you. To get help or make a report, please click on the Learn More link below to find reporting contact information for your state.
Each California County has an Adult Protective Services APS agency to help elder adults 65 years and older and dependent adults who are disabledwhen these adults are unable to meet their own needs, or are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. County APS agencies investigate reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals. Cross reporting APS agencies, law enforcement agencies and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman OSLTCO have the responsibility to cross-report allegations of abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, public agencies, and licensing entities having jurisdiction over these cases.
An APS investigation is a thorough assessment of a potential at-risk adult. During this meeting the potential client is interviewed in private. Every effort is made to determine the competence of the adult.
Though the definition of elder abuse may vary by state, elder abuse is widely believed to be committed by those in a trusting relationship with the older adult. While there is no universal set of steps that will work for everyone, these actions may be of assistance to you:. If you are a victim of identity theft, investment fraud, mortgage and lending fraud, or mass marketing or other fraud, download the checklists and follow the recommended steps.
Every month, one in 10 older adults worldwide experience some form of abuse. But with only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse reported, the true figures are likely to be much greater. And with an increasing aging population in the United States and beyond, so will be the problem.
After a report is filed, the social workers investigate the situation by conducting a home visit or some form of face- to-face contact with the abused, neglected, or exploited client. Social workers design a case plan and work in collaboration with community agencies, such as Senior Centers, Public Guardian, and the Department of Consumer Affairs. APS accepts reports from anyone who has knowledge of or has witnessed the abuse such as family, friends, and neighbors.