Elder Abuse

Reporting Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

Abuse and neglect of the disabled and elderly happens more often than any of us would like to admit. This type of abuse and neglect is serious, and it can happen in any setting. As responsible citizens, all of us must help to prevent and stop abuse, neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults by reporting suspected

abuse to the appropriate authorities. Please remember If a situation appears to be life threatening or a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement. If you believe elder or dependent abuse has occurred, call Adult Protective Services at 1-760-337-7878, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Physical Abuse

-  Unexplained bruises, welts, black eyes, wounds, or fractures

-  Multiple injuries in various stages of healing

-  Sudden changes in behavior (adult is fearful or depressed or engages in self-destructive behavior)

-  The caregiver refuses to allow visitors

-  Person is in restraints or locked in a room

-  Missing patches of hair or hemorrhaging below the scalp Client reports abuse Mental Abuse

- Person is emotionally upset, agitated, withdrawn, non-communicative, depressed, or non-responsive

-  Caregiver refuses to allow visitors or does not let the person participate in family or community events

-  Client reports abuse

Sexual Abuse

-  Bruising around breasts and/or genital area

-  An unexplained venereal disease

-  Soiled underclothes or bedding

-  Sudden changes in behavior

If any of these conditions apply, please call Adult Protective Services at 1­‐760-‐337­‐7878 immediately to report it.