Elder abuse is a tragic and difficult situation to understand and overcome. When an individual or family suspects that their loved one is being abused in a nursing home, by another individual, or by a care provider, it is important that they be made aware of the best options for reporting their suspicions. In some cases, it is appropriate to contact local authorities, such as the police. Individuals who want to remain anonymous or report their suspicions to a higher authority should contact elder abuse hotlines, file a report online, or contact local agencies directly.
Elder Abuse Hotlines
Every state in the U.S. has specific guidelines and resources for individuals concerned about elder abuse and family violence. The National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (NCCAF) provides a basic list of elder abuse hotlines by state, which can be found via their website at ncaafv.org.
In addition to these elder abuse hotlines, anyone suspecting that a loved one is being abused can also contact their local police department or an attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse or elder abuse.
Additional Reporting Methods and Information
Other agencies that offer reporting options and additional resources include the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), Adult Protective Services (APS), and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA). These resources offer excellent general information about elder abuse, as well as how to navigate your family safely through a difficult time.
In addition to elder abuse hotlines and reporting methods, many families find it helpful to consult with a nursing home abuse or elder abuse attorney. Attorneys who specialize in elder abuse have many resources that can be utilized to benefit your individual case and concerns. Elder abuse attorneys also can help you understand your rights, and those of your loved one, and can direct you in the best course of action to protect your loved one and help prevent harm to others in the future.