What should I do if I believe an elder is being abused or neglected?

For abuse that is ongoing, your immediate priority is to stop the abuse and ensure that the elder is in a safe situation. Get your loved one out of harm’s way. You should begin by contacting one of the government agencies listed in the section below.

After abuse has occurred, if an elder has been seriously injured by the abuse, consider whether you should meet with an attorney to discuss the elder’s (or family’s) legal rights. It is important that caregivers and long-term care facilities be held accountable for failing to provide competent, compassionate care.

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