If you know or suspect
That a senior is being
YOU may be his or her
Report Elder Abuse
Criminal elder abuse and neglect goes largely unreported. Experts
estimate that at least 4% of all elders age 65 and over in this country
are abused. Less than one in 5 cases is brought to the attention of
Abused seniors and dependent adults are silent victims. They usually
are unable to report the abuse. Unlike abused children who may be
discovered through the school system, abused seniors can remain isolated
for extended periods of time. If you know or suspect that a senior is
being abused or severely neglected ... YOU
may be his or her only lifeline.
How to report Elder Abuse & Neglect:
Reporting abuse or neglect of an elder or dependent adult in Los
Angeles County can
be confusing since several agencies have jurisdiction:
For more detailed information on filing a police report, please go
to our Crime page.
If you believe that additional assistance is needed to resolve the
problem, go to our L.A. Metro MDT
page and see if your case meets the criteria of the Multi-Disciplinary
Team for Consultation on Elders at Risk.
Assist a Senior or Dependent Adult
General guidelines for first responders:
be left unattended
Fire Dpt. or Police
Caregiver Neglect or
or FAX APS
Adult Protective Services
and/or CALL Police
Needs assistance with
Living, Acute Poverty
Isolation, Hoarder, etc...
Multipurpose Senior Center
For Social Services
Click on the thumbnail picture
above to see a more detailed full-size chart of first responder response
and agency follow-up. Use your Web browser's back button to return to this
This flowchart was prepared in the Spring of 2000 by the Hollywood Senior
Action Committee and the Hollywood Multi-Disciplinary Team for
Consultation on Elders at Risk. The chart was updated in May 2001 to
reflect the larger L.A. Metro area.
Volunteers are Needed
Almost all public and private organizations providing services to
vulnerable elderly in our community rely on volunteers to provide the
level of service needed by seniors. Volunteers are needed and welcome!
A great variety of skills are needed, training is available and many
levels of commitment are available. For a detailed list and description of
volunteer opportunities, please go to our Volunteers
Adopt a Nursing Home or Residential
It is estimated that more than 60% of people in nursing homes get no
visitors. The positive involvement of family, friends, neighbors,
colleagues, clergy, fellow members of a congregation and volunteers in the
recovery or care of a patient cannot be underestimated.
The community can get involved in many ways:
Such as Friends of the Elderly, Project Caring.
For years this program has provided one on one visits by a trained
volunteer who adopts a senior.
Action provides regular, scheduled volunteer visits for the
purpose of general health status assessment, socialization,
assistance with letter writing, reading, and providing reassurance
to isolated elderly or disabled persons.
The Hollywood Visiting Chaplaincy Program (HVCP) provides visits
participating nursing home residents regularly to provide pastoral
comfort and support to bedfast patients.
A team of students or a group of volunteers goes to the nursing home
and writes letters for seniors
Animal & pets visits
Such as Love on a Leash, the Los Angeles Zoo, the SPCA L.A. Assisted
Animal Therapy. Volunteers and their animals visit seniors.
Entertainment, music, theater
Adopt a grandparent, cards for
the holidays, visits & activities
|Let your local nursing homes and residential care facilities know
that you welcome seniors at your
community events. |
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