Elder Abuse, Neglect & Self-Neglect

Elder Abuse is the maltreatment of an older adult age 65+ (or under age 65 and considered dependent); these forms of mistreatment include physical, sexual and financial. An older adult can also be neglected by another person who does not ensure that their physical and safety needs are met, and an older adult can be self-neglectful when they are unable to care for their own physical and safety needs. People with dementia are particularly vulnerable to elder abuse, neglect and self-neglect.

Contact the following if you suspect maltreatment of an older adult:

911
Immediately dial 911 if you are afraid for yourself or others and in any emergency

Adult Protective Services
Los Angeles County

(877) 477-3646

Adult Protective Services
San Bernardino County

(877) 565-2020

Adult Protective Services
Riverside County

(800) 491-7123

If you suspect abuse or neglect has taken place in a facility, contact:

Wise and Healthy Aging Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Provides assistance in dealing with abuse associated with professional long-term care settings such as assisted living facilities, board & care homes and skilled nursing homes.
(310) 393-3618
(800) 334-WISE (9473)
wiseandhealthyaging.org/city-and-county-of-los-angeles-long-term-care-ombudsman

Long-Term Care Ombudsman State Crisis Line
(800) 231-4024

For more information about elder abuse, go to agelessalliance.org

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, financial, or emotional. Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Untreated and severe bedsores or unexplained injuries

  • Poor hygiene or malnutrition

  • Being hesitant to talk freely, especially around the perpetrator

  • Lack of amenities even though the elder can clearly afford them

  • Having the elderly person provide gifts or large amounts of money in exchange for care

  • Missing medical aids, such as hearing aids, walkers, dentures, or eye wear

  • The perpetrator is verbally aggressive and demanding