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Signs of Elder Abuse
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Certain individuals have a mandatory duty to report any elder abuse they come across. Although state law varies on who is required to report suspected elder abuse, generally the following persons have a mandatory duty to report suspected elder abuse: medical personnel, nursing home workers, peace officers, emergency personnel, public officials, social workers, counselors, and clergy.
If you are aware of any elder abuse or your relative is a victim of elder abuse at a facility, you must immediately report to the Adult Protective Services and the police.
Each state has its own Adult Protective Services department. The contact details of the Adult Protective Services department of all states can be found here: www.ncea.aoa.gov
The Adult Protective Services department is the first agency to respond to a report of elderly abuse. Its role is to investigate abuse cases, intervene, and offer services and advice.
The local police generally address elder abuse that occurs in the community or in the elder's apartment or home.
If you are not sure where to report a case of elder abuse, you can contact an attorney specializing in elder law who can help you with the reporting.