1.10 Reporting Elder Abuse

Reporting Elder Abuse

  • In most states, a healthcare provider or mental health provider is considered a mandated reporter. This means that they are legally required to report any type of suspected elder abuse. You do not personally need to prove that abuse is occurring; suspicion alone constitutes the need for a report.
  • Local, state, and national social service agencies that can help:
    • Adult Protective Services: The National Adult Protective Services Association provides phone numbers for programs in each state on its website.
    • The National Center on Elder Abuse: Provides guidance on how to report abuse, where to get help, and state laws.
    • Long-term care ombudsmen: Advocate for the needs of people who live in assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and nursing homes.