Elder abuse and neglect reporting

According to the National Council on Aging, nearly 1 in 10 Americans have suffered some form of elder (age 60+) abuse which includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; caretaker and medical neglect; financial exploitation; and self-neglect. As you know, the health care setting, including appointments with primary care providers, offers a crucial opportunity to screen for elder abuse.

In support of this significant responsibility, our CarePartners of Connecticut case managers are trained to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, and as mandated reporters, follow state guidelines for relaying concerns. When founded, and when there is clinically appropriate data, they will share relevant information with member physicians.

Providers caring for patients believed to be victims of abuse or neglect should follow the state’s reporting process. For information on mandatory reporting requirements and procedures, refer to the Connecticut Department of Social Services’ Changes in Elder Abuse Reporting Laws.

Despite its prevalence, it is estimated that only 1 in 24 cases of abuse are reported. We appreciate your dedication to this vulnerable population and hope that through our continued collaboration, we can encourage patients and families affected by elder abuse to feel safe reporting their concerns.