Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected or financially exploited. This is called elder abuse. It can happen in many places, including an older person’s home, an assisted living facility, nursing home or the home of a caregiver.
What does abuse and neglect look like?
- Physical: Bruising | Cuts | Scars | Sores
- Emotional: Fear of caregiver | Isolation
- Financial: Caregiver is dependent on senior
- Caregiver: Burnout | Exhaustion | Stress
Who can help?
Anyone who suspects someone is being abused, neglected or exploited can make a report.
What happens when a report is made?
If the senior lives in a private home, trained staff from the Division of Senior and Disability Services will:
- Check on the victim
- Investigate and help the senior determine services and/or interventions that may be needed to stop the abuse
- If the senior lives in a care facility, an investigation will be conducted pursuant to state law
What questions should I ask?
- How are things going with your spouse, partner or family member?
- Are you getting to see your friends?
- Does anyone threaten you or force you to do things you don’t want?
- Has anyone made you feel afraid or threatened?
- Is anyone taking your money or your property?