CENTREVILLE — More than 8,000 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation were addressed in Maryland last year through various state agencies. Elder abuse can occur anywhere — in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures and races.
In Queen Anne’s County, those who suspect abuse of elders who live in the community should call Adult Protective Services at 410-758-8000.
In the United States, there are more than one million reports of elderly and vulnerable adult abuse which is only the tip of the iceberg as only one in fourteen cases are reported. Abuse takes many forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect and others involving financial trickery. The most common type of abuses are physical, emotional, sexual or neglect by abandonment.
Concerns about those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be reported to the Long Term Care Ombudsman at 410-758-0848. The Ombudsman is an advocate for those who live in long-term care facilities, promoting resident rights and quality care.