As you visit your loved ones this holiday season, be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse.
Being aware of the signs can help protect your elderly neighbors, family or friends from neglect, abuse or exploitation.
If you or someone you know over 60 is suffering from elder abuse you can file a report with your local Department of Job or Family Services or local law enforcement. You can also call the toll-free line at 1-855-OHIO-APS (1-855-644-6277) to report the abuse. Make sure to give as much information as you can regarding the abuse.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Adult Protective Services program compiled a list of signs of abuse, neglect and exploration to lookout for.
Signs of Abuse
- Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, cuts, punctures or rope marks
- Untreated injuries in various stages of healing
- Sudden changes in behavior, such as becoming upset or agitates for no visible reason
- Becoming suddenly withdrawn, non-communicative or non-responsive
- Caretaker refuses to allow visitors to see the adult alone
Signs of Neglect
- Hazardous or unsafe living conditions or arrangements, such as improper wiring or lack of heat of running water
- Unsanitary or unclean living conditions including excessive dirt, fleas, lice, soiled bedding, fecal or urine smell or inadequate clothing
- Dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores or poor personal hygiene
- Unattended or untreated health problems
Signs of Exploitation
- Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives who claim rights to the vulnerable adult’s affairs and possessions
- Unexplained, sudden transfer of assets to a family member of someone outside of the family
- Forgery of an elderly person’s signature for financial transactions or for the titles of his or her possessions
- Unexplained disappearance or funds of valuable possessions
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-855-OHIO-APS (1-855-644-6277). aps.jfs.ohio.gov