Until recently, elder abuse was something people didn’t really talk about. But over the past few years, Indiana has gotten serious about tackling this issue. In fact, Indiana is the only state that has tied its Adult Protective Services (APS) Program directly to its criminal justice system, allowing for easier prosecution of abusers.
The state investigates three different types of elder abuse reported to it:
If you suspect that your elderly relative is being abused, you can take immediate action by calling Indiana’s APS hotline at (800) 992-6978.
Unfortunately, despite the state’s best efforts, abuse continues. According to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council:
Beyond calling the hotline, there are several things you can do to protect your loved ones as they age.
First, don’t be afraid to investigate if you suspect abuse is occurring. Be sure to document your findings by taking pictures, writing down important dates, and generally getting as much information down on paper as possible. This can often be awkward since abusers are often family members, but it is important.