We have a responsibility to keep vulnerable elders safe from harm. In most states, the laws require elder care professionals who deal regularly with our elders, such as doctors and home health providers, to report suspected abuse or neglect. These professionals are referred to as “mandated reporters”. In addition, eight states have laws requiring, “any person” to report a suspicion of mistreatment.
If you know an elderly person in immediate, life-threatening danger due to neglect, call the police or 9-1-1.
You are not alone if you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, exploitation or neglect. There are many people who care and who can help. Please tell a family member, friend or doctor or call Adult Protective Services (“APS”) program or the long-term care ombudsman at the facility or the police. Such reporting should occur if the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring.
If you are not sure who to call in your area to report abuse or neglect, you can call toll-free The Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. You will be referred to a local agency by specially trained operators. They are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Professionals will investigate the suspicions, so it is not up to you to prove that abuse is occurring.
When making the call, you should have ready the following: the name, address and contact information of the person you suspect is abused or neglected and details about why you are concerned.
They may ask you a series of questions to gain more insight into the nature of the situation, such as:
- Are there any known medical problems (including confusion or memory)?
- What kinds of family or social supports exist for the person suspected of being abused?
- Have you seen or heard incidents of yelling, hitting or other abusive behavior?
You will be asked to give your name, address telephone number and other pertinent information. Even if you do not feel comfortable identifying yourself, most states will still take the report.
In receiving your information, the professionals are prohibited from releasing your information as the reporting individual. Your identity will not be disclosed to the alleged abuser or victim.
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