Abuse of older people and adults with disabilities is a societal problem that is getting worse with the aging of the population. Education about the risks, along with effective investigation of abuse, is essential to prevent abuse of vulnerable Oregonians. Elder abuse includes physical harm, failure to provide basic care, abandonment or involuntary seclusion, unwanted sexual contact, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, self-neglect, wrongful restraint and financial exploitation. Abuse can happen in a person's own home or the home of family or friends. It can also occur in a professional care setting such as a nursing facility, a residential care facility, an assisted living facility, an adult foster home, a retirement home or a room and board home.
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Adult Protective Services
Most seniors and adults with disabilities live independently without assistance, however, some face abuse or neglect by others and need trained professionals to advocate on their behalf. Others may simply be struggling with routine activities and benefit from in-home support services to maintain their health and independence. In most states in the US, certain individuals are required by law to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults to adult protective services.
To learn warning signs of adult abuse, neglect, and financial expolitation click here. For more information about reporting abuse and neglect visit the Central Intake Abuse and Neglect webpage. This means immediately make a report if you believe an incapacitated adult at home or in a facility may be abused, neglected or exploited.