Identifying maltreatment in vulnerable adults can be challenging because the adult may not be able to communicate what happened or may be considered an unreliable witness. For example, an elderly man with dementia has a bruise on his arm. Is the bruise the result of caregiver abuse or did he accidentally bump into the wall?
There are three basic kinds of maltreatment:
- Abuse - physical, emotional or sexual
- Neglect - caregiver neglect or self neglect
- Financial exploitation
CONTACT: If you suspect maltreatment of a vulnerable adult in St. Louis County contact the Statewide Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 844-880-1574. If you do not reach a worker, leave a message. If your situation is an emergency call 9-1-1 to reach your local law enforcement. Learn more about services to Vulnerable Adults...