For Elders

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Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.

Elder abuse can effect all seniors and is highly underreported. 

Perpetrators of elder abuse include children, other family members, and spouses — as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

If you suspect you or a loved one is being abused, our advocates are trained in all aspects of abuse against the elderly and are there to listen and support. 
Quick Statistics
  • Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse.

  • Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year.

  • One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

  • In California, elders are defined as persons 65 years and older. Under California law, elder abuse can be both criminal and civil.

  • Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.

  • Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses — as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

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Warning Signs
 
Physical Abuse and Neglect Indicators:
  • Malnutrition and/or dehydration, bedsores. Unexplained weight loss.

  • Unseen but suspected physical injury. Painful reactions when touched.

  • Bruises, skin tears or broken bones or teeth.

Behavioral Indicators
  • Agitation, ,Anger or Anxiety

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Defensiveness

  • Depression, Fear or Helplessness

  • Hesitation to talk openly

  • Giving implausible excuses

  • Non responsiveness or Withdrawal

Possible Relative or Caregiver Abuse Indicators

  • The elder may not be given the opportunity to speak for him/herself.

  • Attitudes of indifference or anger toward the elder by the family member or caregiver.

  • Social isolation or restriction of activity of the elder.

  • Conflicting accounts of incidents by the family or caregivers.

  • Individuals responsible for the care of the elder having gambling or substance abuse problems.

All our services are free, confidential and non-discriminatory.

We Are Here For You!

Our certified and compassionate advocates are here for  survivors, family and friends. 
  • You can talk, text or chat with an advocate 24/7.

  • Your advocate can help you talk through what you are experiencing.

  • Whether you are a victim or concerned friend or family member, our advocate can also assist you in filing an Elder Abuse report if appropriate.

  • Most importantly, they will listen.

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Resources For Elders

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Adult Protective Services

  • Any concerned person can report known or suspected elder or dependent adult abuse or neglect.

  • Reports can be made 24/7 and emergency response is available.

  • All reports and the reporting parties are confidential.

  • APS Emergency Response: (530) 265-1217

How To Report

Call - (530) 265-1639 or (888) 339-7248.

  • Staff is available to take reports, answer questions or refer you to other community agencies.

Email: adult.services@co.nevada.ca.us

FAX: (530) 470-2625

Reporting Forms

Report of Suspected Dependent Adult/Elder Abuse (English) or (Spanish)

  • You can email or fax your completed form. 

 

Did The Abuse Occur In A  Facility?

If abuse occurs in a licensed facility or home, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility, abuse is reported to the local Ombudsman and investigated by their staff.

  • Local Ombudsman: (530) 274-2825

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  • Friendship Line California is a 24-hour free crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls.

  • Friendship Line has been a vital lifeline for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities to connect with a caring, compassionate voice ready to listen and provide emotional support.

Call: 1 (888) 670-1360

Website: Click here.

Article: Reporting Elder Abuse in California: What  To Do If You Suspect Mistreatment or Neglect

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The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public.

Call: 1 (888) 670-1360

Website: Click here.

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