Abuse & Neglect

If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police station.

Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives' homes, and in facilities responsible for their care. If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from an abusive or neglectful caregiver it is important to report it immediately. Some examples of abuse include providing inadequate food or hygiene assistance, intimidating and causing fear in an elder, injuring an elderly adult, and using unnecessary physical or chemical restraints. Some signs to watch out for include abnormal behavior or confusion, sudden withdrawal from society/relationships, or unexplained injuries. Included on this page are links to reporting agencies with information that can assist you in preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse.

For more information on financial abuse, please visit our Fraud and Scams page.


Physical and Mental Abuse:

The Department of Justice provides a guide to preventing and reporting elder abuse.

If you suspect abuse, neglect, or exploitation, find out how to call Adult Protective Services, what to expect when you call, and what happens after you report your suspicions.   

Learn about the different types of abuse and some warning signs from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.


Private Homes and Licensed Care Facilities:

To get help concerning the abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes and hotels or hospitals and health clinics when the abuser is not a staff member, refer to the County Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies. 

For help concerning the abuse of individuals in long-term care facilities, more information can be found through the California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.