Most people think of elder abuse as actual physical abuse of an elderly, dependent person. But it’s so much more than that. It can be verbal, physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial. It can also be neglect – either intentional or unintentional.
In Florida, EVERYONE (not just medical professionals) has a duty to report suspected elder abuse, and our laws also protect legal protection to the reporter of such abuse when the report is made in good faith. The Florida Elder Abuse Hotline is 1-800-962-2873. Reports can also be made online at https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/.
This article by the National Council for Aging Care has more information about elder abuse.