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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Adult Abuse

1. What are adult protective services?
2. What are involuntary adult protective services?
3. Who is considered an adult?
4. What is abuse, neglect, and exploitation?
5. I think my elderly neighbor is being abused by her children. Where should I call to report this?
6. How can I find a good nursing home for my mother?
7. My parents have been the victims of fraud. Who should I call?


1. What are Adult Protective Services?
Adult Protective Services include investigations of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults in private residences or in a paid living arrangement such as a nursing home, institution, etc. Preventive services include general adult services, home safety services, and guardianship services.

2. What are Involuntary Adult Protective Services?
Involuntary adult protective services are provided upon the direction of a court order.  Such an order is usually issued when an adult is in need of protective services but lacks capacity to make an informed choice.

An order for protective services is issued by the courts when a person authorized by law, or court order to give consent for an adult is unavailable or refuses to give consent.

3. Who is considered an adult?
An adult eligible for protection under statute KRS 209 is:

  • A person eighteen years of age or older who has a mental or physical dysfunction that interferes with his ability to manage his own resources, carry out the activities of daily living (feeding self, toileting self, self mobility, bathe self, etc.), or to protect himself from neglect, abuse or hazards without help from another person.
    OR
  • Any person that is married, without regard to age, that is a victim of spouse abuse or neglect.

4. What are abuse, neglect and exploitation?
Abuse is the infliction of physical pain, mental injury, or physical injury of an adult.

Neglect is a situation in which an adult:

  • Is unable to perform or obtain for himself the needed services which are necessary to maintain his health and welfare.
  • Is being deprived of services by a caretaker which are necessary to maintain his health or welfare.
  • Is being deprived of reasonable services to maintain health and welfare by a spouse.

Exploitation is the improper use of an adult or an adult’s resources by another person for the profit or advantage of another person.

5. I think my elderly neighbor is being abused. Where should I call?
You should call your local Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) office (hyperlink to map) or the Adult Abuse Hotline at 800-756-6200 to report any suspected elder abuse. If you cannot locate the local office address or phone number, call 502-564-7043 during regular business hours and someone will assist you.

6. How can I find a good nursing home for my loved one?
You can call your local Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office (link to map of DCBS locations) or the Office of the Inspector General  (OIG) at 502-564-2800. The Division of Aging at 502-564-6930 and the State Long Term Care Ombudsman at 502-564-5497 may also be able to provide helpful information on facilities in your community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a free booklet entitled ‘Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home”. A free copy may be obtained by calling 1-800-633-4227. If you cannot locate the local DCBS office address or phone number, call 502-564-7043 during regular business hours and someone will assist you.

7. My parents have been the victims of fraud. Who should I call?
Elder fraud or scams are usually handled by the Attorney General’s Office. You can call 502-564-7600 for further assistance.

 

Last Updated 4/21/2005
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