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Reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect
Individuals throughout Nevada can call the 24-hour Crisis Lines to report elder abuse or neglect. Calls taken during normal business hours will be transferred to the appropriate agency. The Center handles all overnight, weekend, and holiday reporting. Assessments are made to determine the immediate degree of danger to the senior involved. Depending on severity, reports are turned over to the Division for Aging Services or the appropriate law enforcement agency. Reports are also taken for child abuse or neglect and disabled adult abuse and neglect.
To report Elder Abuse/Neglect 24 hours a day, please call (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 992-5757
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse may include physical abuse, neglect, psychological or emotional abuse, financial exploitation, or self-neglect.
Possible Signs Of Physical Abuse
– Cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds.
– Bruises, welts, and/or skin discoloration.
– Injuries that have not been properly cared for (injuries may be hidden on areas of the body normally covered by clothing).
– Poor physical hygiene.
– Dehydration and/or malnutrition.
– Weight Loss.
– Burns (may be caused by cigarettes or contact with other objects).
Possible Signs Of Neglect By Caregiver
– Dirt, fecal/urine smell, or other health and safety hazards in elder’s living environment.
– Rashes, sores, lice on elder.
– Elder is inadequately clothed and/or is un-kept (hair, clothing, personal hygiene).
– Elder is malnourished or dehydrated.
– Elder has an untreated medical condition.
Possible Signs Of Psychological/Emotional Abuse
– Elder appears withdrawn and hesitant to speak openly to others.
– Elder appears helpless and fearful.
– Agitated in presence of person inflicting abuse.
Possible Indicators Of Financial Abuse
– Missing personal belongings.
– Numerous unpaid bills, overdue rent, etc.
– Purchases of items the senior would not normally buy.
– Unusual or inappropriate activity in bank accounts.
– Deliberate isolation of an older adult from friends and family.
– Signatures on checks, etc., that do not resemble the older person’s signature.
– Power of attorney given, recent changes in or creation of a will.
– An excessive amount of money is being expended on the care of the older person.
– Placement in nursing home or residential care facility which is not commensurate with financial status of the senior.
– Lack of personal grooming items, appropriate clothing and affordable comfort items such TV or radio.
Possible Indicators Of Self-Neglect
– Inability to manage activities of daily living, including personal care, shopping, meal preparation, housework, etc.
– Inability to manage personal finances, giving money away or failure to pay bills.
– Not keeping medical appointments, isolation.
– Suicidal acts, refusing medical attention, substance abuse, malnutrition, dehydration, etc.
– Rashes, sores, fecal/urine smell, inadequate clothing.
– Changes in intellectual functioning such as confusion, inappropriate response, disorientation to time and place, memory failure, incoherence, etc.