Senior Services

Services

 
  • AARP Tax Counseling
  • Bulletin Board Information
  • Computer internet Access & Support
  • Congregate Meals
  • Copies and Enlargements
  • Information and Referral
  • Legal Aid Referral
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Resource Assessment
  • SHINE
  • Monthly Birthday Celebration
  • Various card games
  • Transportation
  • Many activities including Pool, Art Classes, and Wellness Classes

Elder Protective Services Program  


The Executive Office of Elder Affairs is required by law to administer a statewide system for receiving and investigating reports of elder abuse, and for providing needed protective services to abused elders when warranted. To fulfill this responsibility, Elder Affairs has established 22 designated Protective Services (PS) agencies throughout the Commonwealth to respond to reports of elder abuse. 

Elder Abuse

 
Elder abuse includes:
  • Financial exploitation
  • Neglect by a caregiver
  • Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • Self-neglect

The goal of protective services is to remedy or alleviate the abusive situation and to prevent the reoccurrence of abuse.

Reporting Elder Abuse

 
Elder abuse reports may be made to the appropriate designated PS agency or the statewide Elder Abuse Hotline (800-922-2275), which operates on a seven days a week, 24 hours a day basis. Typically, elder abuse reports are made to PS agencies during normal business hours and to the Hotline during after-hours periods, on weekends and holidays.

Required to Report

 
Anyone can make an elder abuse report. However, the law requires certain professionals to report suspected incidents of abuse. Mandated reporters who fail to make elder abuse reports when appropriate are subject to a fine up to $1,000. In addition, the law provides mandated reporters with immunity from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise could result from making a report, provided the reporter did not commit the abuse. Persons who are not mandated reporters have the same immunity, as long as they make a report in good faith.