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What services do elder abuse hotlines offer?

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Though services vary by state, elder abuse hotlines often take reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation and refer cases to adult protective services, law enforcement and long-term care ombudsman programs. Representatives also usually recommend elder care options.

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The 24-hour hotline for San Bernadino County, California, handles reports of physical or mental mistreatment, isolation, financial abuse, abandonment and abduction. Its Department of Aging and Adult Services can connect callers with family caregiver support, health insurance counseling, in-home support and other senior services.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services allows residents to report adult abuse online or through a hotline. The reports are confidential, and the submitter may request anonymity.

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