If the situation is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Professionals expect that for every case of adult abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. This is a devastating expectation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the coronavirus, more and more older adults are isolated and self-neglected than ever. Not only families tend not to gather as many as possible, older adults who live alone are more likely to self-neglect themselves as it becomes hard to go out of public spaces. This is the most urgent time for us to be aware of elder abuse and keep an eye on one another.
What is Elder Abuse?
- Check out our recent blog post about elder abuse and acknowledgments.
- If you have worries about COVID-19 related scams, please read our COVID-19 scams blog post for more information.
- Suppose you would like to learn more about the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, and resources on elder abuse. In that case, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) can be a helpful organization to start with. NCEA provides enrich publications for family caregivers, older adults, and professionals.
How We Can Help?
Meals on Wheels
Even before the COVID outbreak, more than 9.5 million older adults were marginally food insecure. Focused on older Americans’ food securities and nourished lives, Meals on Wheels can regularly check in on seniors who live alone or in high-risk households. Please visit their website to join the program or learn more about the organization.
Adult Protective Services (APS)
APS professionals investigate elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation with various experts from healthcare workers to local law enforcement officers. In Missouri, contact 800-392-0210 to report abuse cases of seniors or adults with disabilities in the home ad in long-term care facilities. You can report a case online as well.
Long-term Care Ombudsman
If you suspect elder abuse or neglect, you can report to the local long-term care ombudsman for an advocate. You can visit the State website to find a local ombudsman organization in Missouri. If the facility is in the regions we serve, please call 314-919-2411 to discuss more.