May 13th to June 17th Is Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Month

May 13th to June 17th Is Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Month

By / Local News / الإثنين, 28 أيار 2018 15:03

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Governor Roy Cooper recently proclaimed May 13th through June 17th, as "Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Month" to generate public awareness about protecting North Carolina’s vulnerable and older adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation. Those dates run from Mother's Day to Father's Day.
A resolution signed by the Governor states that, "protecting North Carolina’s vulnerable and older adults is a community responsibility and all citizens are charged under state law to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to their local County Department of Social Services," and, "North Carolina’s vulnerable and older adults of all social, economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds may be targets of abuse, neglect or exploitation which can occur in families, long-term care settings and communities."
In fiscal year 2017 there were 27,483 reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable and older adults made to the states 100 County Departments of Social Services. In fiscal year 2015 there were 24,545 reports. That's an increase of 2,938.
National and international research show that abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable and older adults are grossly under reported the Division of Aging and Adult Services partners with County Departments of Social Services and other agencies at the county and state level to offer statewide programs for adult protective services and increase awareness about elder abuse and consumer fraud.
The State of North Carolina enacted the nation’s first elder abuse law and recognizes the need for a comprehensive system of protection for vulnerable and older adults. North Carolina law protects disabled adults of any age from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The law states that "any person having reasonable cause to believe that a disabled adult is in need of protective services shall report such information." Definitions are:
What Are Abuse and Neglect?
North Carolina law protects disabled adults of any age from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The law states that "any person having reasonable cause to believe that a disabled adult is in need of protective services shall report such information." Definitions are:
Abuse – willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services necessary to maintain mental and physical health.
Neglect – a disabled adult who is either living alone and not able to provide for himself the services necessary to maintain his mental or physical health or is not receiving services from his caretaker.
Exploitation – illegal or improper use of a disabled adult or his resources for another's profit or advantage.
Where To Report Abuse
You should report abuse to your local Department of Social Services in the county where the disabled adult lives. For additional help, call the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services CARE-LINE toll free within North Carolina at 1-800-662-7030. If you have questions about the laws that protect senior citizens or your legal rights as a senior citizen, contact our Victims and Citizens Services experts at (919) 716-6780 or عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.

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