Protecting our Seniors
Our elderly population is growing faster than any other age group. Many live alone and are unable, or have difficulty taking care of themselves. The State of Connecticut assumes responsibility for protecting people aged 60 or older from abuse, neglect or exploitation:
- Abuse: The willful infliction of physical pain or mental anguish or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services, which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health.
- Neglect: The situation in which an elderly person is unable to take care of his or her needs or is being neglected by a caretaker responsible for providing services to maintain the person’s physical or mental health.
- Exploitation: The act or process of taking advantage of an elderly person, whether for monetary or personal gain.
In our community, friends, neighbors, family members, and acquaintances who suspect an elderly person is being abused, neglected or exploited should contact CT Department of Social Services.
- Statewide Toll Free Number: 1-888-385-4225
- After Hours Emergencies Call: Info Line at 211
If it is determined that an elderly person is in need of protective services, the Department of Social Services provides crisis intervention and support services to assure an elder’s safety. A worker meets with the elderly person and his or her family to determine unmet needs, and develops a comprehensive plan to address those needs. Protective services are provided to those in need regardless of income or assets. The underlying goals behind the social worker’s efforts are:
- preserving the elderly person’s right of self-determination
- helping him or her remain in the preferred living situation whenever possible
- preventing injury or bodily harm
- safeguarding legal rights
You are also encouraged to discuss potential abuse, neglect or exploitation of Brookfield seniors with your town Social Services (203 775-7312). Thank you for caring about your neighbors.