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ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM - Formerly Elder Abuse Program

Prairie Council on Aging (PCOA) investigates reports of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of people age 60 and older. NOW as a result of the Adult Protective Services ACT PCOA also investigates abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of Adults 18 years old and older with disabilites. This includes but not limited to individuals with physical, mental or intellectual disabilities. PCOA serves as an advocate for victims and works with abusers to alleviate abuse. We also counsel older battered individuals. PCOA can offer intensive counseling, support and advocacy for older victims of domestic violence. We assist seniors/adults with disabilities in Morgan, Cass, Scott, Greene and Jersey Counties.

DEFINING ABUSE or what we will investigate

Physical - means inflicting pain and injury to someone over 60 yrs. old or a disabled adult.

Sexual - touching, fondling or any other sexual activity with an older person or a disabled adult, when the person cannot understand, is unwilling to consent,is threatened or physically forced.

Emotional - verbal assaults, threats, harassment or intimidation. Emotional abuse is often coupled with other forms of abuse.

Confinement - restraining or isolating an older person or a disabled adult .

Passive Neglect - the caregiver's failure to provide an older person or a disabled adult with life's necessities, including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter or medical care.

Willful Deprivation - willing denying an older person or a disabled adult medication, medical care, shelter, food, a therapeutic device or other physical assistance, and there by exposing that person to the risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm - except when the dependent person, who is capable of making reasoned decisions has expressed an intent to for go such care.

Financial Exploitation - misuse or withholding of an older person's or disabled adult's resources by another, to the disadvantage of the elderly person or disabled adult and/or the profit or advantage of someone else.

HOW TO REPORT ELDER ABUSE

ALL REPORTS ARE ANONYMOUS The Adult Protective Service Act provide extensive protections to all reporters. Anyone who makes an adult protective service report in good faith is exempt from civil or criminal liability. A reporter's name cannot be released without written consent or by court order.

Call 24/7 the Illinois Department on Aging Hotline 1-866-800-1409

OR call the local office of Prairie Council on Aging 1-800-862-4464

The Prairie Council on Aging's, Adult Protect Service Program follows the Adult Protective Service Act and is funded by the Illinois Department on Aging, Area Agency of Aging, Lincolnland, Attorney General, and Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority grants.