Safe Sanctuaries®: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults
Joy Thornberg Melton (Author)
In this Safe Sanctuaries® resource, Joy Thornburg Melton, an attorney and a minister, offers valuable, practical advice to help churches reduce the possibilities for abuse and exploitation of elders.
Who are we talking about?
• An adult eighteen (18) years of age or older who is found to be in a situation or condition which poses an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm to that person and who demonstrates the lack of capacity to comprehend the nature and consequences of remaining in that situation or condition.
• A resident eighteen (18) years of age or older of a licensed long-term care facility who is found to be in a situation or condition which poses an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm to that person and who demonstrates the lack of capacity to comprehend the nature and consequences of remaining in the that situation or condition.
• A person eighteen (18) years or older who as a result of mental or physical impairment is unable to protect himself or herself from abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation and as a consequence thereof is endangered.
To report suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in Arkansas:
• 1.800.482.8049 – Adult Abuse Hotline
• 501.682.8425 (For suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, Pulaski County).
• 1.800.582.4887 (For suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities, outside of Pulaski County).
• 1.800.332.4443 (Arkansas domestic violence/battered women hotline).
Arkansas DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services
The mission of the Division of Aging and Adult Services is to promote the health, safety, and independence of older Arkansans and adults with physical disabilities.
National Center on Elder Abuse
http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/index.aspxThe National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.
To report suspected abuse or neglect of impaired adults,