Benefits of Reporting to Adult Protective Services

Unpacking Mandated Reporting of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

Understanding the complexities of mandated reporting for elder and dependent adult abuse is important for caregivers, loved ones, and anyone involved in the care of seniors. Cheer Home Care was recently presented on the lesser-known aspects of mandated reporting by Jonathan Tague, aging program specialist at Aging & Independence Services, a division of the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency. The event covered topics related to mandated reporting and offered practical advice to attendees.

What is Mandated Reporting of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse?

Mandated reporting refers to the legal obligation of certain professionals and individuals to report any suspected cases of abuse or neglect of elder and dependent adults. This obligation is critical in safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable populations. The training provided to mandated reporters includes:

  • Types of Abuse: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect, and self-neglect.
  • Signs of Abuse: Unexplained injuries, withdrawal from normal activities, sudden financial difficulties, poor hygiene, and changes in behavior.
  • Roles of Adult Protective Services (APS) and Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Programs: APS investigates reports of abuse and neglect, provides protective services, and collaborates with other agencies. LTC Ombudsman programs advocate for residents in long-term care facilities, ensuring their rights and addressing their concerns.

Key Insights from Jonathan Tague’s Presentation

  1. Benefits of Reporting to APS: Specialized units, direct connections to goods and services, caregiver support, MDT consultations, advocacy, and cross-reporting.
  2. Dementia and Increased Risk of Abuse: Individuals with dementia face higher risks of abuse due to difficulty with communication, poor judgment, memory loss, and behavioral changes.
  3. Indicators of Financial Abuse: Unusual banking activity, excessive ATM use, changes in spending habits, new wills, unpaid bills, gift cards, excessive phone calls, lack of funds, no access to financial resources, new relationships taking interest in finances, and missing items of value.

Cheer Home Care’s Commitment to Education

Cheer Home Care recently hosts various learning opportunities for the San Diego community. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to educate caregivers, family members, and friends about the importance of proper care and the procedures for reporting abuse. The event covered essential topics related to mandated reporting and offered practical advice to attendees.

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By staying informed and vigilant, we can all play a part in protecting our seniors and ensuring they receive the care and respect they deserve.

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