Elder abuse is the neglect, exploitation or painful or harmful mistreatment of anyone who is 65 or older or who is a “dependent adult.”
“Dependent adult” means any person between the ages of 18 and 64 years who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights, including, but not limited to, persons who have physical or developmental disabilities, or whose physical or mental abilities have diminished because of age.
Elder abuse might be physical violence, psychological abuse, isolation or a caregiver’s neglect.
It could be identity theft, or the theft of property.
What Should I do if I suspect Elder Abuse?
Call Adult Protective Services. In Alameda County, APS can be reached at 510-577-3500 or toll free at 866-225-5277 (866-CALL-APS).
If you suspect abuse or financial exploitation in a nursing home, assisted living facility or long-term care facility, call the local Long-term Care Ombudsman at (800) 231-4024.
For a free case evaluation, please call our office at (510) 763-4444.