Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse can take many forms: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, active neglect, self neglect, and financial exploitation. DC OFA can help in getting assistance for Elder Abuse situations. Or referrals can be made to the DC Department of Community & Family Services Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm by calling (845) 486-3300.

“Physical abuse” means the non-accidental use of force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment, including–but not limited to–being slapped, burned, cut, bruised, or improperly physically restrained.

“Sexual abuse” means non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, such as forced sexual contact.

“Emotional abuse” means willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, intimidation, or other abusive conduct, such as frightening or isolating an adult.

“Active neglect” means willful failure by the caregiver to fulfill the care-taking functions and responsibilities assumed by the caregiver, such as abandonment, or willful deprivation of food, water, heat, clean clothing, and bedding, or health related services.

“Self neglect” means an adult’s inability, due to physical and/or mental impairments, to perform tasks essential to caring for oneself, such as: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and medical care; obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety; managing financial affairs.

“Financial exploitation” means improper use of an adult’s funds, property, or resources by another individual, such as fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy, forgery, falsifying records, coerced property transfers for denial of access to assets.

Dutchess County Adult Protective Services: 845-486-3300. Assists adults who cannot protect themselves from neglect, abuse, hazardous situations, or provide for their basic needs. Case managers make visits to the home to identify needs and services options.

Mediation Center Coalition on Elder Abuse: 845-471-7213. Individuals and private and public agencies working together to protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation and to preserve the quality of their lives.

Family Services Crime Victims Assistance Program: 845-452-7272. Provides a comprehensive Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Program offering a 24-hour hotline involving counseling and referrals to forensic services for physical or sexual assault.

Dutchess County Office for the Aging: 485-486-2555. Provides a wide array of community bases services designed to assist senior citizens, their care givers and others in maintaining the highest level of independence.

(Resources from NY Connects)

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