One in ten older Americans experiences abuse or neglect each year. The numbers of abuse reports are growing at the same time that resources for agency responses are shrinking. To help California law enforcement in this critical work, here is a mobile app "cheat sheet" for responding to abuse of elders and dependent adults (vulnerable adults with disabilities).
Content and assistance to refine this product were provided by colleagues from law enforcement, civil law, and medicine.
368+ Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Guide for CA Law Enforcement is available for iPhones, iPads, Droid devices, and mobile web. For a limited time, this app is available free of charge, thanks to supporters like The Archstone Foundation and UniHealth Foundation.
Based on input from multidisciplinary community partners, we've identified these useful features for California law enforcement:
- Elder and Dependent Adult Penal Code 368
- Warning Signs of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, medical markers of abuse
- Quick tips on Memory Loss, People with Dementia as Witnesses, Caretaker Role, assessing common injuries like Bruises and Pressure Sores
- Agency Contacts for cross-reporting and for providing assistance to the victim