ELDER PROTECTION

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Adult Protective Services (APS) are services that are provided by the county Department of Jobs and Family Services or its designated agency to the elderly who are in danger of harm and/or are unable to protect themselves.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR APS?

A person who meets the following qualifications is eligible to receive protective services:

  • Sixty (60) years of age or older

  • Who is within the state

  • Handicapped by the infirmities of aging, or who has a physical or mental impairment which prevents the person from providing for the person's own care or protection

  • Who resides in an independent living arrangement.

WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT LIVING ARRANGEMENT?

An independent living arrangement is a domicile of a person's own choosing, including, but not limited to, a private home, apartment, trailer, or rooming house. This includes licensed community alternative homes, but does not include other institutions or facilities licensed by the state, or facilities in which a person resides as a result of voluntary, civil or criminal commitment.  It does not include licensed adult care facilities.

WHAT IS ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION?

Abuse means the infliction upon an adult by self or others of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment resulting in physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.  

Neglect means the failure of an adult to provide for self the goods or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness, or the failure of a caretaker to provide such goods or services.

Exploitation means the unlawful or improper act of a caretaker using an adult or an adult's resources for monetary or personal benefit, profit or gain.  

WHO MAY REPORT ABUSE, NEGLECT OR EXPLOITATION?

Certain parties are mandatory reporters and are required to report any credible instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation, including, but not limited to:

  • Attorneys

  • Chiropractors

  • Clergy

  • Coroners 

  • Dentists

  • Licensed Nurses

  • Peace Officers

  • Physicians

  • Podiatrists

  • Osteopaths

  • Psychologists

  • Employees of adult care and residential care facilities

  • Home health care providers

  • Senior service providers

  • Mental health providers

Any person who has reasonable cause to believe that an adult has suffered from abuse, neglect or exploitation may voluntarily report or cause reports to be made.

WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION IS REQUIRED?

The APS unit will obtain:

  • The name, address and approximate age of the adult who is the subject of the report

  • The name and address of the individual responsible for the adult's care, if any individual is, and if the individual is known

  • The nature and extent of the abuse, neglect or exploitation of the adult

  • The basis of the reporter's belief that the adult has been abused, neglected, or exploited

DOES IMMUNITY EXIST FOR REPORTERS?

Any person with reasonable cause to believe that an adult is suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation who makes a report or who testifies in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from such report shall be immune from civil or criminal liability on account of such investigation, report or testimony, except liability for perjury.  Immunity from civil or criminal liability extends to any employee of the state or any of its subdivisions.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A REPORT?

APS will investigate the reports of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation:

Within 24 hours if there is an emergency situation, or

Within 3 working days in a non-emergency situation

APS will conduct a face-to-face interview with the adult who is the subject of the report.  If feasible, APS will consult the person who made the report and agencies and persons who have additional information.

POTENTIAL SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE:

Declining physical appearance:  inappropriate, inadequate or damaged clothing, black eyes, welts, lacerations, rope marks, poor personal hygiene

Severe or frequent injury or illness:  bone fractures and breaks, dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bedsores, unattended or untreated health problems

Substandard living conditions:  unsafe environment (e.g. improper wiring, no heat, no running water) or unclean or unsanitary conditions (e.g. dirt, fleas, stains on bed and furniture, fecal or urine smell)

Problems with care providers:  substandard care, lack of necessary medical aids (e.g. eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures), caregiver refuses to let visitors see the individual alone

Financial issues:  bills aren't getting paid despite adequate financial resources, sudden changes in bank accounts or banking practices, unexplained withdrawals, abrupt changes in a will or financial documents, unexplained disappearance of funds or valuable possessions, forged signatures, unexplained transfers of assets

Behavior changes:  sudden onset of erratic or irrational behavior (e.g. emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn)

PROBATE RESOURCES GUIDE

 

 

APS FLOWCHART

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES FORMS

CONTACTS:

TRUMBULL ADVOCACY & PROTECTIVE NETWORK

Cndy Miklus, Director

Tel:  330-550-9244

cmiklus@neo.rr.com

Network of Trumbull County representatives from social services, government, medicine, law enforcement, the courts, and others who serve seniors and share the common desire to provide system level integration and coordination of programs.  TAPN is not a direct service provider.

Application for Membership

Articles of Incorporation

Assessing the Effectiveness of TAPN

Coordinator Job Description

Declaration of Membership

How to Start an Advocacy and Protective Network

Release of Information

TAPN Brochure

TAPN By-Laws

TAPN Organizational Outline

TAPN Organizational Summary

TAPN Senior Focus

TAPN Cross Training

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Trumbull County Dept. of Jobs and Family Services

280 North Park Avenue

Warren, OH  44481

Tel:  330-675-2000 (Office)

Tel:  330-392-3248 (Referral to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of Trumbull County residents 60 years of age or older)

Investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation 

DIRECTION HOME OF EASTERN OHIO

(FORMERLY AREA AGENCY ON AGING 11)

1030 North Meridian Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44509
Tel:  330-505-2300
Tel:  800-686-7367

Funding agency for senior programs; nursing home ombudsman; plan, coordinate and advocate for the development of a comprehensive service delivery system for the needs of older Ohioans

FAMILY & SENIOR SUPPORT SERVICES, INC

160 East Market Street, Suite 250
Warren, Ohio  44481

Tel: 330-393-1529

GUARDIANSHIP & PROTECTIVE SERVICES, INC.

1371 Church Street

Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440

Joshua M. Garris, Esq., Director

Tel:  330-299-0267

Provide guardianship services that enable and enhance elderly impaired persons living in Trumbull County to be free from abuse, neglect or exploitation and to live, explore and receive needed healthcare in the least restrictive community settings available.

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL

Elder Justice Unit

30 East Broad Street, 14th Floor

Columbus., Ohio 43215

Tel:  800-282-0515

Tel:  614-728-8461

Reports of identity theft, fraud and financial scams

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

258 East Market Street, 1st Floor

Warren, Ohio 44481

Tel:  866-964-7339

Tel:  800-772-1213

Assists individuals in all matters related to Social Security, SII and Medicare

TRUMBULL 211

Tel:  211 or 330-747-7296

24/7 Access Center to assist with crisis intervention; disaster assistance; family/parent resources; health assistance; domestic violence; emotional support; food, shelter and clothing; LifeLines Access Center

TRUMBULL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OFFICE OF ELDERLY AFFAIRS

2959 Youngstown Road SE

Warren, Ohio 44484

Tel:  330-675-2486

Congregate meals and home-delivered meals for senior citizens age 60 and older and their spouses.

TRUMBULL COUNTY JOBS AND FAMILY SERVICES

280 North Park Avenue

Warren, OH  44481

Tel:  330-675-2000

Administers Aid to Dependent Children, disability assistance, medical, food stamps, Title XX social service programs and other various functions.

TRUMBULL COUNTY SENIOR SERVICE UNIT

2959 Youngstown Road

Warren, Ohio 44484

Tel: 330-675-7096

Reduce the vulnerability of seniors (living alone or with a spouse) by providing periodic visits by law enforcement to ensure their safety and well-being; assist seniors with assessing social services to maintain an independent lifestyle using every resource possible; reduce victimization by educating seniors about predators and various types of scams; advocate, serve and protect our senior population in Trumbull County.

TRUMBULL COUNTY PROBATE COURT

COURTHOUSE, FIRST FLOOR\

161 HIGH STREET NW

WARREN, OHIO 44481

TEL:  330-675-2521

FAX:  330-675-3024

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