How to Report Elder Abuse in Florida
To report elder abuse by phone, call the Florida Department of Elder Affairs 24/7 at 1.800.962.2873 (800.96.ABUSE). Press 2 to report suspected neglect, exploitation or abuse of the elderly.
To report elder abuse online, click "Report Abuse Online NOW"
You will be asked to provide details on the alleged incidents, people involved and other relevant information.
Reporting elder abuse can be done completely confidentially.
Elder Abuse Laws in Florida
Florida Statutes, Chapter 415, is the Adult Protective Services Act. This statute mandates that the Florida Department of Children and Families commence an investigation within 24 hours of being reported if just the allegations warrant so. If the report is serious enough the statute provides for immediate onsite protective investigation. Investigation into the allegations may not take longer than 60 days.
Florida Statues, Chapter 825 provides that aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult is a 1st degree felony. Neglect that causes significant bodily harm, disfigurement or disability is a 2nd degree felony.
Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinators have been established by statute and can be contacted at the following locations:
Miami Alliance for Aging | 305.670.6500 | 760 NW 107th Avenue, Suite 214, Miami, FL 33172
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County | 954.745.9567 | 5300 Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has a legal hotline to provide free legal advice to eligible seniors over 60 years old: 888.895.7873.
Who commits the crime of elder abuse?
According to DCF reporting, the majority of elder abusers are relatives of the vulnerable older adult! Almost 30% of these cases involve the children of the senior citizen. But a significant portion, about 20% of reported elder-abuse cases occur in an institutional setting.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has produced some materials discussing ways to understand the signs of, and protect against, various types of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes, physical abuse (whether in the form of violence or neglect), emotional abuse, identity theft, and financial exploitation.
Elder abuse can also come in the form of nursing home negligence - especially in the case of bedsores / decubitus ulcers. If you suspect nursing home negligence, resulting in serious injury, contact our office.
Elder Law Attorney Resources
To check on reviews and reports of elder abuse for a particular nursing home or assisted living facility, click here: http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/facilitylocator/facloc.aspx
To check complaints, regulatory actions and disciplinary history of a financial advisor, click here: http://brokercheck.finra.org/
Read my Florida elder abuse article providing more details on the elder abuse reporting process and civil/criminal consequences of elder abuse.