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Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?
A picture of a concerned elderly man's face. The aging of our society presents challenges to many sectors of our community. Increasing numbers of older persons are being cared for in their own homes, where resources to provide sufficient care may be limited. Adult children and spouses are caring for substantial portions of our seniors. Recent reports from the House Select Committee on Aging focus attention on the problem of elder abuse.  Elder abuse is not a new problem. However, conditions in our society now encourage a closer examination of this problem.

Click here to learn more about elder abuse definitions.

Abuse and/or neglect may be intentional or due to a care giver’s lack of knowledge or capacity to care for the older person. Abuse also can be reflective of a stressed family or long-standing difficult parent-child relationship. Elder abuse can be found anywhere that senior citizens are located—in the home, in residential or convalescent facilities, or in other areas of the community. Abuses can be family members, care givers, employees, or strangers.

You may, if you chose, report anonymously or call to discuss your concerns without making a report. An investigation into the suspected abuse may be initiated based on the information that you are able to provide.

If you suspect that a senior is being abused, contact:

  • Online Report Forms
    Please use these simple online forms to report any elder abuse.
    Click here for forms.

  • Adult Protective Services
    San Joaquin County- 468-2202
    Toll Free # 1-888-800-4800

  • Ombudsman
    San Joaquin County - 468-3785.

Senior-care custodians, health practitioners, financial institutions, or employees of County Adult Protective Services Agencies who, within their professional capacity or within the scope of the employment, suspect an incident of abuse or neglect, MUST REPORT immediately by telephone and in writing within two working days to Adult Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Services, or to the police. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911.

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