Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
Call San Diego County Aging & Independence Services at (800) 510-2020 to report suspected instances of neglect and psychological, physical, financial, or sexual abuse of elders and dependent adults. This agency carries out investigations and provides assistance and case management where appropriate. The SDPD will be informed if abuse is involved. If you know that abuse has occurred, you should call SDPD directly at (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154. If the abuse is in progress, you should call 911. The police will investigate, take steps to protect the victim, prosecute the perpetrator, and inform the appropriate County office.
For current information on preventing elder abuse in San Diego County, go to the Aging & Independence Services website, click on All Services A-Z, select AIS Publications under Staying Informed, and then select the Safe Seniors newsletter. It is published quarterly. You can also call (858) 505-6474 to have it sent by mail. Its articles include features about related programs and services, items of general interest regarding elder abuse prevention, and a listing of current legislation related to elder abuse. The newsletter is a combined effort of Aging & Independence Services and the District Attorney's office.
Self-neglect is also a serious problem for older persons. Suspicions of it should also be reported to San Diego County Aging & Independence Services. Signs include a worsening of medical conditions or a sudden change in weight or hygiene.
Another source of phone numbers and information on elder abuse and consumer protection is the San Diego County District Attorney’s Safe Seniors website. This site is a valuable tool for those who are mandated to report elder abuse, as well as neighbors, family members, and friends who suspect elder abuse of a scam against an older adult.
At the federal level, the National Center on Elder Abuse serves as a resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder abuse. The agency provides information on:
- How to find help if you are worried about a senior in your community
- Definitions, signs, and risks of elder abuse
- Resources for caregivers