Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Under the Older Adult Protective Services Law, adults age 60 and older who -- because of mental or physical dysfunction -- are at risk from abuse, neglect, exploitation or dangerous situations, may be reported in need of Protective Services. Older adults who are frail, vulnerable and experiencing difficulty caring for themselves are potential victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Family members, caregivers and others sometimes become the perpetrators of mistreatment. Statistics tell us that victims are often female, and 75 years of age or older.
As I am sure you are all very aware, Pennsylvania passed a number of child abuse laws in There is, however, another vulnerable population that often does not get a lot of attention: our older adult population. According to the U. Census, there were approximately 43 million people age 65 and older 14 percent of the total population. There are several state and federal laws that seek to protect our elders from abuse. Physicians should be aware of these laws and know their reporting obligations. Under OAPSA, mandatory reporters who have reasonable cause to suspect that an individual who receives care, services or treatment from a facility is a victim of abuse must immediately make an oral report to the area agency on aging or its designee.
Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. The Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency is a public child welfare agency mandated to provide protection services to Lancaster County's children and their families. The Agency investigates all reports of child abuse and neglect and provides intervention services to address safety threats and risk factors and stabilize the family. Referrals can be made to the agency by calling during business hours.
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