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posted: August 31, 2008

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Timely Tip: Finding Help or Reporting Suspected Abuse

If you suspect your aging loved one may be a victim of elder abuse, you and your fellow family members must quickly mobilize to protect your loved one. Here are some important steps to remember in getting help and reporting a concern:

In the event of an emergency, always phone 911. Never hesitate.

Reports of abuse in any locale, including the home, may be filed with a local law enforcement agency and also with the district attorney’s office.

Concerns of abuse in long-term health care facilities may be reported to the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center -- and 202-332-2275. Chapters can be found in every state.

National Adult Protective Services Association -- and 217-523-4431. Chapters in every state investigate allegations of abuse or neglect.

Eldercare Locator -- and 800-677-1116. Nationwide information and referral service sponsored by the Administration on Aging.

Get the full story on how caregivers can guard against elder abuse in Guarding Against Elder Abuse -- Keep a Watchful Eye in the Home, a feature article in the August 2008 edition of Caregiver’s Home Companion.

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