What is Adult Protective Services?

Adult Protective Services (APS) are agencies that have been set up throughout the state of Wisconsin and in many other states in order to help older adults and adults at risk who have been abused, neglected, or otherwise exploited. Elder adults generally refer to adults over the age of 60, while adults at risk are those who have a mental or physical condition that impairs their ability to care for their needs. These adults generally are at a higher risk of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and financial exploitation. There are a variety of different types of abuse that an older adult or an adult at risk might experience, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and APS can help with all of those different types of abuse.

If you call APS to report abuse, you are likely to be asked to answer several questions. These questions may include the name, address, and age of the adult involved in the alleged abuse or neglect, the type of abuse and how you discovered it, the name and relationship of any caregiver to the victim, the name and relationship of the suspected abuser to the victim, and other relevant questions.

Once you report abuse or neglect, a responder will determine if there is an immediate safety concern for the adult victim, and, if so, take steps right away to eliminate that safety concern. There are various programs and services available for adults in this situation, and they can help with all different aspects of the situation. These services might include health care, transportation services, nutrition, benefit counseling, and domestic violence or sexual assault services.

The nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers of Boller & Vaughan are experienced in ensuring that nursing homes and other elderly care facilities live up to reasonable standards in screening and hiring employees. When a nursing facility fails to do so, and injury to a resident occurs, the nursing facility may be liable for those injuries. We know how to investigate your case, assess your situation and determine whether you or your loved one has any potential claims against nursing home staff or the nursing home itself. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you through this difficult situation.