Elderly Abuse Awareness
Approximately 1 in every 6 people aged 60 and up experienced some form of abuse in a community setting in the previous year. Elder abuse is common in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Who Should Report Elderly Abuse?
In any case, if you are a caregiver—formal or informal—for an older adult, reporting elder abuse in California is a mandatory responsibility, and it is essential for our commitment to equality without the threat of harm and mistreatment.
Why Should You Report Elderly Abuse?
Reporting Elder Abuse Is the Right Thing to Do. It can be difficult to know when to report suspected elder abuse. You may believe that the guidelines are subjective, especially if family members are involved in the potential abuse. But keep in mind that everyone has the right to fair treatment and a life free of abuse and neglect.
How To Report Abuse?
When it comes to reporting elder abuse and neglect in California, your actions will change slightly depending on whether the aging adult was mistreated in the long-term care facility where they reside or in circumstances unrelated to a residential facility.
Contacting APS is an important first step in all cases. If you witness elder abuse or suspect that abuse or neglect is occurring, regardless of the circumstances, find the number for your California county’s elder abuse hotline and call it.