Elder Abuse

The Elder Abuse Prevention Program is funded primarily by Older American’s Act (Title VII) funds. There is no charge for services provided by this program. Elder abuse is the infliction of physical, emotional, or psychological harm on an older adult. Elder abuse also can take the form of financial exploitation or intentional or unintentional neglect of an older adult by the caregiver.

Who does the program benefit / What are the benefits?

Any individual in the State of Kentucky who suspects the possibility of Elder Abuse has the responsibility to report to Adult Protective Services, who provide screening, information, and possible intakes to complete investigations.

The Gateway Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living utilizes a number of methods to bring awareness to the community concerning the needs of residents in long-term care facilities and other vulnerable adults that may be at risk of elder abuse.

Services offered within the program

A District Ombudsman or volunteer visits all skilled nursing facilities in Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan Counties a minimum of four times a year. The Ombudsman distributes information about resident’s rights, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Information about how to report abuse is provided and posted at each facility.

Trainings are offered in the facilities and in the community on topics of identification, prevention, reporting, and treating suspected elder abuse. Physical abuse, neglect, scams, identity theft and financial exploitation are some of the topics covered in these trainings.