To Report Abuse To report suspected abuse , neglect, or financial exploitation of an adult age 60 or older or a person with disabilities age 18-59 call the statewide, 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).
If you want to report elder financial abuse , contact your local county APS Office (PDF). Abuse reports may also be made to you local law enforcement agency.
Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult , their financial exploitation, or neglect of their welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care.
County APS agencies investigate reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.
If you witness a life-threatening situation involving a senior or adult with disabilities, immediately call 911. Contact your local Adult Protective Services agency anytime you observe the following: Appearing disheveled, routinely in soiled and/or rumpled clothing.
Call the OIG Hotline: 800-368-1463. To report suspected abuse or neglect, you must call. Please do not send allegations by e-mail. Doing so may slow the investigation and jeopardize confidentiality.
However if the victim so chooses, and criminal charges are filed, financial elder abuse can lead to misdemeanor and felony charges. Misdemeanor convictions can lead to up to a year in jail , and a $1,000 fine. Felony convictions can result in up to four years in jail and fines up to $10,000.
Signs and symptoms of elder abuse can include: Injuries such as bruises , cuts, or broken bones . Malnourishment or weight loss . Poor hygiene. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, or confusion. Unexplained transactions or loss of money. Withdrawal from family members or friends.
10 tips to protect your aging parents ‘ assets Talk to your loved one often and as soon as possible about their wishes for the future and your desire to help. Block scammers from calling. Sign your parents up for free credit reports. Help set up automatic payments.
These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial/material exploitation, neglect , abandonment, and self-neglect . Physical abuse. Use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
The most common complaints of elder abuse in nursing facilities are the failure to meet the elder’s basic needs, including nutritional needs, medical needs, or mobility assistance.
But while state law requires that elder abuse be reported, the high level of proof needed for criminal charges is often elusive. If an abuser has legal documents such as power of attorney, it is especially hard to prove that a victim has been defrauded or stolen from.
Ensure that your actions are respectful of the older person’s rights and wishes. Contact emergency services if there is an immediate risk of harm (see Safety in emergencies) Gather information by asking questions sensitively (see What questions should I ask?)
How does APS investigate ? An APS investigator makes an unannounced home visit. They will interview you , the alleged vulnerable adult, the person who made the allegation, and other witnesses. They may take photos and review records, including bank and other financial documents.
California law allows for an abused or neglected elder , dependent adult or a personal representative to sue for their injuries. For example, an elder who suffered physical abuse can sue for physical and emotional damages for their injuries. Their spouse, however, may file for loss of consortium.