What should I do if I suspect that an elder or vulnerable adult is the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation?
1. Report the crime to the police by calling 911. 2. Report the crime to the Washington State abuse hotline (DSHS): 1-866-363-4276. 3. To find out more about the elder/vulnerable adult’s rights and legal options, consult with a civil attorney.
Who else can I file a complaint with regarding concerns about care provided in a facility?
• Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman https://www.waombudsman.org/ • Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds https://ddombuds.org/
Where can I find more information on elder and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and exploitation and available resources?
• National Center on Elder Abuse: https://ncea.acl.gov/ • National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life: https://www.ncall.us/ • Administration for Community Living: https://acl.gov/programs/elder-justice/what-elder-abuse