The PSA 2 Area Agency on Aging is mandated by the Older American’s Act of 1965 to provide Educational Material and Guidance for the prevention, detection, assessment, treatment, intervention, investigation, and response to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation (including financial exploitation) to the public and professionals.
What is Elder Abuse?
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Verbal – Intimidated, Ridiculed, Threatened
- Non-Verbal – Isolated, Menaced, Ignored
- Sexual Abuse
- Neglect or Abandonment
- Financial Exploitation
- Bank Accounts Misused
- Funds Stolen
- Signature Forged
- Identity Stolen
- Healthcare/Medicare Fraud
- Over Medicated
- Double Billed
- Wrongfully Billed
- Inappropriately Referred
If you feel you or someone you know is the victim of Elder Abuse,
REPORT THIS CRIME NOW!!
To whom should the crime be reported?
IF the victim is in immediate danger,call 911 EMERGENCY!!
IF the victim is NOT in immediate danger, contact your local county Adult Protective Services program:
LASSEN COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
720 Richmond Road
Susanville, CA 96130
MODOC COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
120 N. Main Street
Alturas, CA 96101
SHASTA COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
(530) 225-5798 Main Office and 24 Hour Hotline
2640 Breslauer Way
Redding, CA 96001
SISKIYOU COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
(530) 841-4200 (during business hours) or (530) 842-7009 24 Hour Emergency Hotline
1215 S. Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
TRINITY COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
(530) 623-1314 – 24 Hour Reporting Line
#51 Industrial Park Way
Weaverville, CA 96093
What is ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES?
The Adult Protective Services (APS) program is supervised by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and administered locally by each county (most often the Department of Social Services). It provides assistance to elderly and dependent adults who are functionally impaired, unable to meet their own needs or are victims of abuse, neglect (including self neglect) or exploitation.
Adult Protective Service agencies investigate reports of abuse which occur in private homes, acute care hospitals, clinics, adult day care facilities and social day care centers. APS may also provide various services to address the abuse or neglect, such as case management, emergency shelter or in-home protection, transportation, counseling, etc., to guarantee the safety of an endangered elder (dependent on each county's budgetary resources).
IF the victim of abuse is a resident of a long term care facility, contact the
Ombudsman Program of Northern California:
(530) 229-1435 or 1-866-669-6191
1376 West Street
Redding, CA 96001
What is the Ombudsman Program of Northern California?
The Ombudsman program is funded through the Federal Older Americans Act and is administered by the Administration on Aging and The California Department of Aging (CDA). Within the CDA, the office of the state long-term care Ombudsman provides policy direction and oversight. The program is mandated to identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities.
Who should report the crime?
A concerned friend or family member, a Mandated Reporter or, if possible, the victim.
What is a Mandated Reporter?
Under California law, certain individuals are legally mandated to report known or suspected instances of elder abuse. The following is a partial list of mandated reporters:
- Physicians and medical professionals
- All employees of health care facilities, such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, adult day care centers and residential care facilities
- Any individual who assumes responsibility for the care or custody of an elderly person
Any mandated reporter who fails to report elder abuse may be guilty of a crime.(California Welfare and Institutions Code section 15630)
A Citizen's Guide to Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse - An educational tool which offers guidance on ways seniors and their caretakers can identify the tell-tale signs of elder abuse and practical advice on how to avoid and report victimization. This publication is available to the public at no cost. The guide is available on-line or by writing the Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Resource provided by the California Department of Justice
View or Download (PDF Format at 1.14Mb in size requiring DSL or Cable Modem)
Video Presentation by Dr. Laura Mosqueda, who is the Director of Geriatrics and recipient of the Ronald Reagan Endowed Chair at UC Irvine. Her 23 minute presentation describes the nature and scope of elder abuse, explaining some of the elderly's vulnerabilities to mistreatment and poses some ethical questions on the topic..
Links to Other Websites
Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, sponsored by UC Irvine.
National Center On Elder Abuse, sponsored by the U.S. Administration On Aging.
Prevent Elder Abuse, sponsored by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA).
REMEMBER - INTERVENTION COULD SAVE A LIFE.
WHEN IN DOUBT….. REPORT ELDER ABUSE!!
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