Help for Families and Senior Citizens of Nursing Home Abuse.

Fortunately, families and senior citizens affected by nursing home abuse are not without help. There are a variety of agencies available at local, state, and national levels to provide help and assistance to victims of nursing home abuse.

Most importantly, if you or someone you care about is in an emergency situation you should dial 911 and contact the police as soon as possible. Police and medical attention should be your first priority if your life becomes entangled with a nursing home abuse case. Additionally, an experienced attorney can help your family navigate the law and fight for justice.

Your decision to pursue legal action against those responsible for your suffering can have many benefits. By calling attention to the practices of unscrupulous nursing homes, you can prevent others from knowing the pain you have endured. Additionally, an attorney can help your family obtain compensation that can help you lead a more secure and promising future. Do not hesitate to discuss your case with an understanding lawyer today.

How and Where to Report Nursing Home Abuse:

There are many ways one can report nursing home abuse. One of the easiest methods is through the telephone. Every state has hotlines that are available for the public to call to report incidents of elder abuse or neglect. Additionally, the local police should be contacted to ensure that perpetrators of abuse face punishments for their illegal activities.

Adult Protective Services (APS) is an agency that investigates cases of elder and adult abuse that one can contact regarding nursing home abuse cases. Additionally, state long term care (LTC) ombudsman programs, information and referral (I & R) lines at area agencies on aging, and the nationwide eldercare locator number (1-800-677-1116) are good resources for families to turn to if their loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse.

In addition to the government-supported agencies in place for families to turn to for reporting nursing home abuse, an experienced lawyer can also help you report nursing home abuse. Your decision to work with an attorney ensures that your case will proceed as it should, minimizing any complications or hurdles you may otherwise encounter. If you or someone you care about has suffered nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to discuss your case with an understanding nursing home abuse lawyer today.

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State Elder Abuse Hotlines

Alabama

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-458-7214

Alaska

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-730-6393 (Toll free in Alaska)
                                                          Outside of Alaska: 907-334-4483

Arizona

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-SOS-ADULT or 1-877-767-2385
                                                          602-674-4200
                                                          TDD: 1-877-815-8390

Arkansas

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-582-4887

California

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-231-4024

Colorado

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-773-1366
                                                          or 1-800-886-7689, Ext. 2800

Connecticut

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-860-424-5241

Delaware

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-223-9074

Florida

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-96ABUSE or 1-800-962-2873

Georgia

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-878-6442

Hawaii

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-808-832-5115(Oahu)
                                                          1-808-243-5151
                                                          (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai)
                                                          1-808-241-3432 (Kauai)
                                                          1-808-933-8820 (East Hawaii)
                                                          1-808-327-6280 (West Hawaii)

Idaho

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-877-471-2777

Illinois

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-252-4343

Indiana

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-992-6978

Iowa

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1 -800-686-0027 or 1-877-686-0027

Kansas

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-842-0078 or 1-877-662-8362

Kentucky

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
                                                          Long Term Care Ombudsman:
                                                         1-800-372-2991
                                                         TTY (for hearing impaired):
                                                         1-800-627-4702
                                                         Attorney General's Patient Abuse Tip                                                          Line: 1-877-ABUSE TIP
                                                         (1-877-228-7384)

Louisiana

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-259-4990

Maine

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-383-2441

Maryland

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-917-7383 or
                                                          1-800-AGE-DIAL, Ext. 1091

Massachusetts

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-462-5540
                                                          1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636)

Michigan

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-882-6006

Minnesota

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-333-2433

Mississippi

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-227-7308

Missouri

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-392-0210

Montana

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-551-3191

Nebraska

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-652-1999

Nevada

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-992-5757

New Hampshire

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-442-5640

New Jersey

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-792-8820

New Mexico

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-797-3260

New York

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-888-201-4563

North Carolina

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-662-7030

North Dakota

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-451-8693

Ohio

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-342-0533

Oklahoma

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-522-3511

Oregon

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-522-2602

Pennsylvania

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-254-5164

Rhode Island

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 401-785-3340

South Carolina

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 803-898-2850

South Dakota

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 605-773-3656

Tennessee

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-888-APS-TENN

Texas

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-458-9858

Utah

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-371-7897

Vermont

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-564-1612

Virginia

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-888-83-ADULT

Washington

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-562-6078

West Virginia

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-352-6513

Wisconsin

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 1-800-815-0015

Wyoming

   Hotline - Report Elder Abuse : 307-777-6137

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Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a network of state agencies that investigate abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities.

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Insurance Information and Coverage

Some insurance policies offer help for families and senior citizens by offsetting the costs of a nursing home. Nursing homes are very expensive and can cost more than 50,000 dollars a year, depending on the facilities and care offered.

Some insurance companies offer benefits in their coverage that can help make nursing home care more affordable for families. The best way to determine if a particular company offers these benefits is to contact them directly. The benefits of nursing home coverage may overshadow costs for senior citizens and their families.

If you or someone you care about is considering purchasing an insurance policy with nursing home coverage, it is important to review the policy carefully. An experienced attorney can help ensure there are no misunderstandings and can ensure the security of your family. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer today.

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Resources and Helpful Links

Elder abuse is a serious problem that affects hundreds of thousands of innocent and defenseless victims. Fortunately, there are resources and helpful organizations that exist to provide assistance to senior citizens and their families who are victims of elder or nursing home abuse.

Adult Protective Services has offices with hotlines in all 50 states that work confidentially with victims of elder or nursing home abuse. State offices can be located at the following link: http://www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=apsstate.cfm

Additionally, the Administration on Aging (http://www.aoa.gov) is committed to protecting senior citizens and their families from elder abuse. Finally, the National Center on Elder Abuse is a good resource for victims and their families (http://www.elderabusecenter.org)

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This State list of Hotlines for Elder abuse and Nursing home abuse was updated on 4/09/2013