Reporting Elder Abuse

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Resources and Help for Elderly Abuse and Neglect

Reporting Elder Abuse

Unfortunately, Elder Abuse is a lot more common than you may think and seniors are abused every day.

For every case of Elder Abuse that is reported, at least 23 more go unreported!

Make sure to do your part and report any suspected elder abuse. Read below for how to report suspected elder abuse.

Different Types of Elder Abuse:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Neglect or Abandonment
  • Financial Exploitation

If You Suspect Elder Abuse – Report it. Here’s How:

If you suspect elder abuse, report it.

County Adult Protective Services (APS)

The County APS agencies investigate reports of suspected elder abuse and dependent abuse for those who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.
To report abuse, call the number provided on the website, 1-833-401-0832, and follow the prompts.

Department Of Social Services – Community Care Licensing Division

The California Department of Social Services oversees senior facilities such as RCFE’s, assisted living, and board and cares. If you suspect elder abuse has occurred in that type of facility and your concerns have not been addressed after discussing the problem with the facility directly, you can file a complaint with the Department of Social Services. To file a complaint with the Department of Social Services, go to https://www.cdss.ca.gov/reporting/file-a-complaint/ccld-complaints and follow the instructions. Or, you can go to https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/CCLD/Old/res/pdf/asc.pdf and look for your regional office to make a direct complaint.

Department Of Public Health – Licensing And Certification Program

The California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program oversees health facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals. If you suspect elder abuse has occurred in a nursing home or hospital that has not been addressed after discussing the problem with the facility directly, you can file a complaint with the Department of Public Health. The facility should have the appropriate Licensing and Certification office location and number posted in the facility, or you file a complaint with the Department of Public Health website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/LCP/CalHealthFind/Pages/Complaint.aspx

California Department Of Aging – Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Office

To report suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, contact the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-231-4024 or you can contact your local ombudsman office.
Orange County: Council on Aging – 2 Executive Circle Suite 175, Irvine, CA 92614; (800) 231-4024
Los Angeles County: Wise and Healthy Aging – 1527 4th St., 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 394-9871

California Bureau Of Medi-Cal Fraud And Elder Abuse

The California Attorney General has developed a Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse to protect elders from abuse or neglect in both nursing homes and long-term care facilities. To report medi-cal fraud or elder abuse to the Attorney General’s office, contact their free hotline at (800) 722-0432

Local Law Enforcement Agency

Elder abuse is a crime, so don’t forget that if you suspect elder abuse you can also contact any local law enforcement agency.
The Elderly need our help, don’t let another case go unreported. Do your part and report any suspected abuse to one of the many available resources listed above.