Adult Protective Services
"Abuse" means the infliction upon an adult by him/herself or others of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.
"Neglect" means the failure of an adult or caretaker to provide goods or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.
"Exploitation" means the unlawful or improper act of a caretaker using an adult or his resources for monetary or personal benefits, profit, or gain.
Adult Protective Services aims to achieve and ensure an adult's freedom, safety, least disruption of lifestyle, and the least restrictive care alternative. Possible interventions include an array of services that are available as funding permits.
- To prevent, reduce, or remedy conditions causing endangerment to adults.
- To maximize the adults independence and self-direction.
- To prevent unnecessary institutionalization by selection of the least restrictive environment.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If indicators of abuse or neglect remain either questionable or unexplained, or if they seem to increase in number or severity, you should report your suspicions immediately to the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services:
Adult Protective Services division: 740-852-4770 or 1-800-852-0243.