Number of calls to state’s elder abuse tip line grows

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A tip line to report elder abuse in the state has seen a big increase in the number of calls in the past two years.

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General says there has been a 70% increase in calls since 2016, when the Elder Abuse Tip Line began taking calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The office says there were 168 calls in 2016. That grew to 287 calls in 2018.

The tip line is for reporting abuse, neglect or exploitation of a patient or resident in a state care facility.

Kentucky law requires that any person who suspects an adult has suffered abuse, neglect or exploitation report it to authorities.



People are asked to report any of the following conditions or warning signs of abuse:

Physical Abuse
• Frequent unexplained injuries or complaints of pain without obvious injury
• Burns or bruises suggesting the use of instruments, cigarettes, etc.
• Passive, withdrawn and emotionless behavior
• Lack of reaction to pain
• Injuries that appear after the person has not been seen for several days
• Patient complains of physical abuse

Sexual Abuse
• Injury to the genital area
• Difficulty in sitting or walking
• Fear of being alone with caretakers
• Patient reports a sexual assault

Neglect
• Obvious malnutrition
• Lack of personal cleanliness
• Habitually dressed in torn or dirty clothes
• Obvious fatigue and listlessness
• Begs for food or water
• In need of medical or dental care
• Left unattended for long periods
• Bed sores

Financial Abuse
• Mismanagement of personal funds
• Lost, stolen or destroyed property

The number for the Elder Abuse tip line is (877) ABUSE-TIP or (877) 228-7384.