It should be noted that a competent elder adult has right to self-determination and may refuse all services and interventions. But most elders who are being abused do accept assistance from the state.
Elder Abuse of Adults with Dementia or other Cognitive Impairments:
Where an adult has dementia or another form of cognitive impairment, Adult Protective Services will assess the situation and may petition the court for guardianship to ensure that the individual’s needs are met
. Guardianship and nursing home placement are always the last resort.
If you think an elder adult in Illinois is being abused or neglected, you should phone the Department of Aging’s Adult Protective Services Hotline at 1-866-800-1409, or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).
Your name will be kept confidential by Adult Protective Services. Be prepared to provide: