Every year an estimated 2. For every reported case of abuse it is estimated that 5 or more cases go unreported. If you suspect elder abuse, here are some Albany County agencies and programs you can talk to anonymously about your concerns:.
LifePath formerly Senior Services of Albany. Together these agencies will provide enhanced and expanded services to individuals over 50 years of age who are victims of:. In addition, the program will also provide education, training, and support for adapting best practices to a broad array of agencies and organizations that interact with elder abuse victims in the Capital region.
All citizens have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Physical Abuse- slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns. Neglect - Pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition or dehydration.
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The Adult Services Unit works with people who meet the following criteria: a They are 18 years of age or older and have a mental OR physical disability which reduces their capacity for self care or self determination. What Services are available? Investigation of requests for help A home visit to identify needs and arrange for services, medical care or other resources in the community Assistance in obtaining entitlements and other general benefits and services Money Management services Referral to legal services Services to obtain a guardian.
A protective services referral should be made if an individual meets the following criteria:. Protective Services is available to all adults, without regard to income, and will provide services directly to the individual or arrange for assistance with community agencies in order to reduce the risk of harm. Adults have a right to make their own decisions and, therefore, may choose to accept or refuse PSA involvement. However, if a person is at risk and unable to understand the potential harm and consequences of their behavior, PSA will intervene on their behalf.