You can call the New York State Protective Services for Adults Hotline at 1-800-342-3009. You can call 9-1-1 if someone is in immediate danger or risk of harm, or you can call 3-1-1 to report suspicion of abuse to the appropriate authorities.
“Neglect” refers to an elderly person who is either living alone and not able to provide for oneself the services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health or is not receiving the said necessary services from the responsible caretaker.
An APS investigator will: conduct a home visit, usually unannounced; interview other individuals who may have information about the situation; and. offer protective services if the investigator determines abuse has occurred.
The NSW Ageing and Disability Commission provides the Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline 1800 628 221 (Monday – Friday 9-5). If you require an interpreter, first call 131 450 and tell the operator your preferred language.
Information For Mandated Reporters Mandated reporters are required to report suspected abuse or neglect by phone as soon as possible and follow up with a completed written report (see link below for form) within two days.
Passive Neglect – non-willful failure of a caregiver to fulfill caretaking functions and responsibilities assumed by the caregiver, including but not limited to, abandonment or denial of food or health related services because of inadequate caregiver knowledge, infirmity, or disputing the value of prescribed services. 6
What is psychological abuse of the elderly? Psychological or emotional abuse occurs when a carer causes emotional pain or stress for an elder. A carer may be a family member or a person who is responsible for taking caring of him.
APS specialists investigate reports of alleged abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation to determine if the reported situation exists, and to what extent it adversely affects the alleged victim. The specialist initiates an investigation of all reports within 24 hours of receipt of the report by the department.
Yes, any person making a report to APS can do so anonymously. Please visit www.napsa-now.org/report for more information on how to make a report in your area. While some state laws protect the identity of the person making the report, others do not.
APS Social Worker staff begin investigations within 24 hours. They will visit clients within 24 hours, three days, seven days, or 14 days depending on the priority of the case. Workers may talk to others who know the client to gather more information.
Write what the patient has said about the situation in their own words. Record differing stories from the patient and the caregiver, after interviewing separately. Do a complete physical exam, noting possible signs of abuse as well as general hygiene, appearance, demeanor, and level of functionality.
If your state mandates reporting, most medical care providers have an obligation to report suspected elder abuse. If they fail to report potential abuse, they can be liable for any injuries and damages the victim may later suffer.
Here are some steps to consider taking:
Call the police or 9-1-1 immediately if someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, please tell someone. Relay your concerns to the local adult protective services, long-term care ombudsman, or the police.
If you have been falsely accused, you can take legal action against her. One is for filing a false official report and the other is for libel / slander. Speak with a Litigation Attorney licensed to practice in California (see Avvo.com to locate one) and sort out the best way for you moving forward.