What is elder abuse? The most common forms of elder abuse are financial exploitation, emotional abuse, and neglect. Each of those terms include a variety of actions that may constitute abuse. To learn more about forms of elder abuse, visit: https://acl.gov/programs/elder-justice/what-elder-abuse
- If someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
If the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, please report your concern.
- If the elder or disabled adult is living in the community you can make an anonymous report to Adult Protective Services by calling 1-866-800-1409
For more information about Adult Protective Services and what happens to your report, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/ProtectionAdvocacy/pages/abuse_reporting.aspx
You may suspect that a family member, friend, or neighbor is experiencing abuse. If you are concerned, you have options:
- If the elder lives in a nursing home,contact your local long term care Ombudsman by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Nursing Home Complaint Hotline: 1-800-252-4343.
- For residents of Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs), call the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ SLF Complaint Hotline: 1-800-226-0768.
If you aren’t sure where to call, visit the Eldercare Locator online or call 800-677-1116
If you think you may need legal assistance, go to pslegal.org and click the Apply for Help button or call your local office.