New State Portal Offered for Reporting Elder Abuse
Elder Protection Continues During Pandemic
Our Adult Protective Services unit is still working to protect our seniors from abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation. If you have concerns about an elder, you can call 937-225-4906 anytime of the day or night. The Adult Protective Services Unit is following recommended safety protocols from the state during this time.
Adult Protective Services Works to Help our Elderly Population
Adult Protective Services (APS) works to ensure the personal safety and well-being of elderly citizens of Montgomery County. We investigate suspected abuse, neglect, self neglect and exploitation of people, primarily age 60 and over.
APS strives to help people remain independent in their homes by preventing, reducing or remedying potentially dangerous conditions. Our Intake Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (937) 225-4906 to report suspected abuse or neglect.
Part of the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, APS investigates reports of elder abuse. Adult Protective Services may also make referrals to health care organizations, social services, legal, law enforcement, housing or other services.
When we receive calls, APS caseworkers evaluate any risk to the safety of our seniors. Prior to a home visit, we like to know as much as possible about the person and their problem. Along with a description of the problem that requires our attention, we ask for the following about the person needing help:
- Name, address and phone number
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Interested or involved family, friends or caregivers
About the Process
Routine referrals must be initiated within three working days and calls deemed emergent within 24 hours. The APS intake line (225-4906) is confidential and available 24 hours a day.
A caseworker will assess the validity of a referral with a 30-day investigation. If the claim is valid, we will work with the senior to resolve the issue(s). Most cases are resolved in 30 days, but a case can be open longer if the caseworker and senior/customer are in agreement.
Nursing Home Referrals
For claims of abuse or neglect within a long-term care facility, contact the Regional Ombudsman Office. Long Term Care Ombudsman Lawrence Wilkins can be reached at www.dayton-Ombudsman.org.
For more information on keeping our seniors safe, see these resources:
- Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
- Area Agency on Aging/West Central Ohio
- Senior Guidance Organization
Montgomery County Adult Protective Services is located at The Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH 45422.
The Montgomery County Human Services Levy funds several services which help address the needs of our county’s frail seniors.