Elder Abuse

Do you feel physically safe at home? Does anyone threaten to withhold food, care, or money, or threaten to move you to a nursing home?

Has someone else taken control over your money without your permission? Has anyone (including a family member) touched you inappropriately or without permission? Are you left alone for long periods of time without any help taking care of yourself?

You have the right to be safe, comfortable, and cared for in your own home. You have the right to be free from abuse, intimidation, exploitation, neglect, and danger.

If you suspect that an older adult in your life is the victim of abuse (including self-neglect), you may report that abuse by calling the Elder Abuse Hotline at any time at 1-800-922-2275. You may also can fill out this online form. Both the Hotline and online form are not just available to older adults but to friends, family and all professionals. Your identity will be kept confidential.

It’s important to note that certain people have legal requirement to report suspected elder abuse, depending on their relationship with the elder. These people include physicians, medical interns, dentists, coroners, podiatrists, osteopaths, physician assistants, social workers, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, family counselors, firefighters, police and probation officers, emergency medical technicians, executive directors of home health aide and homemaker agencies, case managers, health aides, homemakers, and managers of assisted living residences.