- What is Elder Abuse
Reporting Suspected Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Reporting can sometimes be a difficult decision. Someone might wonder if making a report is really the right thing to do, especially if they don't think they have enough information or if the elder is adamant that the authorities should not be involved. Some individuals and professionals may be mandated to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. Mandated reporters include professionals in:
Social services | Law enforcement | Education | Direct care | Licensed health and human services positions (MS 214.01, subdivision 2) | A Licensed facility | Medical examiner or coroner activities
Visit http://registrations.dhs.state.mn.us/WebManRpt/ to learn more about mandated reporting and take an online mandated reporter training.
To make a report of suspected elder abuse, you do not have to know everything about the situation. It is helpful, however, to have the following information ready:
Name | Age and address of the potential victim | Brief description of the situation | Any evidence of previous maltreatment
Explain how you know about the situation, your relationship to the elder | Name and address of alleged perpetrator | Location of the incident(s)
Current injuries medical problems or behavioral problems | Names of relatives or concerned parties in or outside the home | Your n me and contact information
To make a report:
o Call the SeniorLinkAgeLine at 1-800-333-2433 to contact your county's Adult Protection office.
o lf the elder is in crisis or danger, call 9 11. Otherwise, make a report with local law enforcement.
o lf the elder is living in a long term care facility, contact the Ombudsman for Long Term Care at 1-800-657-3591