Many elder and dependent adult victims are often unable to access services or assert their rights. Some have physical, cognitive, and attitudinal impediments that limit their access to the appropriate agencies. Others are unaware that they have been victimized or refuse to see themselves as victims.
Our elder/dependent adult advocates provide comprehensive advocacy services to these victims as well as training and outreach to law enforcement and other service providers. We collaborate with specific agencies such as Adult Protective Services, Legal Aid for seniors, the Ombudsman Office and The Center for Independent Living. These efforts have generated an increase in reporting the maltreatment of elders and dependent adults.
Failure of a caregiver to provide food, clothing, shelter, assistance with hygiene and protection from dehydration, malnutrition and health and safety hazards.
Fear, confusion or depression brought about by threats, intimidation of deception.
Desertion of an elder or dependent person by someone charged with his or her care.
Any theft of an elder’s money or property; may include wrongful use of legal documents such as power of attorney.
Any physical pain or injury committed against an elder. All sexual acts committed without consent or ability to give consent.
What are some of the warning signs of Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse?
Not being given the opportunity to speak for yourself in presence of your caregiver
Your caregiver is too aggressive with you
Caregiver has problems with alcohol/drugs
If you feel socially isolated and your caregiver says he/she is the only one who cares about you
If you notice your caregiver lying to others about how your injuries occurred
Uncomfortable behavior by a caregiver towards you
Caregiver using your money for their benefit. Repeatedly pressuring you for money or power of attorney
If you recognize any of these signs, contact Adult Potective Services (APS) at 1-866-225-5277.
No one has the right to hurt you.
Signs that someone you know may be a victim
If you notice bruises, or abnormal color changes/spots, especially bleeding
If a person looks dirty, has sores or rashes, and poor hygiene, they may be neglected
Helplessness or hesitation to talk openly may be a sign
Depression, withdrawal, and suicidal acts or refusing medical attention
Sudden social isolation
Sudden involvement of a previously uninvolved relative or a new friend
Pressure to change will, power of attorney or to add a name to a property deed or to bank accounts
Disparity between lifestyle of the elder and the elder’s caregiver
Important Numbers to call for Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse
Adult Protective Services: 1-866-CallAPS or 1-866-225-5277