Pay attention and lend a hand when you can. If you have reason to suspect an adult is ignoring themselves or herself, you should seek assistance from Adult Protective Services. 911 should be dialed if the person requires emergency medical care or is in urgent danger of injuring himself or other people. What should you do if you witness someone taking advantage of an older person?
If an older person need immediate assistance, dial 911 or the appropriate emergency service number in your country. Call 1-800-677-1116 (Eldercare Locator) in the United States, or visit the National Center on Elder Abuse to identify local resources.
If you believe an older person you know is being abused or neglected, you can take the following steps: Make contact with the Adult Protective Services department in your area. Make contact with the local police department. Make contact with the long-term care ombudsman in your state. Call the Eldercare Locator hotline at 1-800-677-1116 if you need further assistance.
What Causes Elder Abuse and Neglect? It is a somewhat widespread kind of elder abuse, owing to the increased incidence of medical illnesses and functional limitations in older persons, which make them more prone to neglect. It’s possible that it was done on purpose.
Those who see elder abuse or neglect should report it to their county’s Adult Protective Services unit or to a medical expert for further investigation. All phone calls to APS agencies are treated as strictly private. If the APS unit has reason to believe that elder abuse statutes are being broken, the agency will send a caseworker to conduct an investigation into the matter.