If you have suspicions that you, a family member, or a patient might be suffering from elder abuse, don’t hesitate to report it to the authorities. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911. In all other cases, you can report abuse to the caregiver facility, a medical professional, or the police.
If you are personally experiencing elder abuse, tell someone. You don’t have to call the police yourself; you can confide in a trusted friend or family member and ask them to call for you. You may also choose to report it to a medical professional who is required by law to notify the authorities as a mandated reporter. Keep in mind that in certain states, all persons are mandated reporters and are therefore obligated to tell the police.
Additional places you can report elder abuse include:
You don’t have to find proof of abuse to report it. You may be asked to share the name, contact information, and address of the victim, as well as details of the abuse. You might also have to give your name and contact information, but the authorities taking the report aren’t allowed to divulge your identity to either the abuser or the victim.
Avoid confronting the abuser, as you may put the senior in additional danger. Instead, report your concerns immediately and provide as much support to the older adult as possible. Intervention can be difficult, but it’s better to do so sooner rather than later. Seniors are a vulnerable group, and it’s vital for them to receive proper care.