Mandatory reporting is when a person is required by law to report elder abuse. Typically, Mandated Reporters include physicians, counselors, teachers, clergy members, health practitioners, caregivers, or employees of a county adult protective services agency or a local law enforcement agency.
Mandated Reporters are persons who, as a result of these professions, are more likely to be aware of abuse or neglect of children, seniors (65 and over), or dependent adults (ages 18-64). This includes our volunteers who are working with a vulnerable population – our seniors – as employees and volunteers of Seniors First are considered Mandated Reporters. We consider our volunteers our “eyes and ears” when they are working with our seniors, and each one of our volunteers must sign an Acknowledgement of Elder Abuse Reporting before they start to volunteer with us.
First of all, there are many types of abuse: Physical, Isolation, Abandonment, Abduction, Sexual, Financial, Self-Neglect, and Neglect (by a caregiver). As a volunteer working with the elderly, our volunteers are mandated by law to report any abuse. If you suspect or observe any of these types of abuse, immediately contact your program manager to report your concerns within 24 hours. Please provide specific details about your concerns so that an official report can be filed.
What Should You Do if You Suspect Abuse?
Seniors First works closely with Placer County’s Adult Protective Services (APS). Once we are made aware of a potential abuse situation, our staff will complete and submit a report to APS. All APS reports are filed anonymously. Adults Protective Services offers services to the victim and/or intervention when appropriate. As Seniors First volunteers, we appreciate you letting us know if you suspect any of the above examples of abuse – or if you have concerns. Thank you for caring about our seniors!
Contact information for our Program Managers:
MyMeals – Dawn Marie Pesola: (530) 889-9500 ext. 219
MyRides – Call your scheduler: Barbara Hanrihan – (530) 889-9500 ext. 201 or Cheryl Durham – (530) 889-9500 ext. 202.
Friendly Visitor – Dana Johnson: (530) 889-9500 ext. 218