Abuse and Exploitation of the Elderly

Our lawyers have the experience, skill, and compassion required to handle your elder abuse or exploitation case.

Protection for Our Elders

Abuse of an elderly family member or friend may be physical, mental, emotional, or sexual. The abuse can be by a caregiver who is a family member, an in-home paid worker, a staff person of a program such as an adult day care center or of a facility such as a nursing home, or another person. Exploitation means that a person in a position of trust knowingly, by deception and intimidation, obtains and uses or tries to obtain and use a vulnerable person’s funds, assets, or property.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the elders in Florida. The Department works in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adult Protective Services and the Aging Network to protect disabled adults or elderly persons from further occurrences of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Services provided may include protective supervision, placement and in-home and community-based services.

How to Report Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

By Phone: Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Press 1 to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or a vulnerable adult. This toll free number is available 24/7. TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-453-5145. By Fax: To make a report via fax, please send a detailed written report with your name and contact telephone to 1-800-914-0004. To report online: Go to DCF Web site at www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse/report.shtml.

Retaining an Attorney When Elders Have Been Mistreated

Our lawyers have the experience, skill, and compassion required to handle your elder abuse or exploitation case. If you, or a family member, or a friend are a victim of elder abuse or exploitation, call The Frank Law Firm, 850-224-HELP (4357) for a free consultation.

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