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What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that may lead to the harm of an older adult age 60 or older. It includes:
  • Physical, Emotional, or Sexual Abuse 
  • Neglect 
  • Self-neglect 
  • Financial exploitation 

Red Flags of Abuse

New Elder Abuse Rules

Affective September 29, 2018 there are numerous changes to the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to Adult Protective Services. Those changes include:
  • Adds “Abandonment” to the definition of “Neglect” 
  • Modifies “Exploitation” 
  • Modifies the training program and access to educational materials 
  • Expands and modifies the list of mandated reporters 
  • Referral of cases to law enforcement when appropriate 
  • Creates Elder Abuse Commission

How to Report: Adult Protective Services

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