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I-Team: Bedridden man in group home told police he had not eaten in days; agency investigates elder abuse claims

Nevada state office investigates allegations about weak, aged adults

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A current allegation of elder abuse and neglect concerned a man telling police he had not eaten in three days, paperwork obtained by the I-Team stated. The case started with a report made to Adult Protective Services (APS), a state program investigating claims of suspected abandonment, abuse, exploitation, isolation or neglect.

A staff of investigators and social staff is tasked with maintaining our mother and father and grandparents secure, together with any weak grownup who’s entrusted into one other particular person’s care.

The office, previously generally known as the Elder Protective Services program, classifies a weak grownup as somebody who’s in the care of one other particular person between between the ages of 18 and 59. An individual older than 60 is taken into account an older particular person relating to the state definition.

In one case, a supervisor knowledgeable APS about an allegation at an unbiased group home in Las Vegas. According to an arrest report for the house owner, one man in the home was “bedridden and unable to care for himself” and begged “for food and stated that he [had] not eaten for three days.”

The home’s proprietor, Salome Rosales, is charged with 4 counts of abuse and neglect of an older or weak particular person, courtroom paperwork stated. The report stated one resident told police the home is stuffed with tenants with “memory loss” who “need additional medical care.”

One resident told police she had fallen off her mattress and broke a finger and “did not get any medical attention at the time of the fall,” in keeping with the report.

“Even just one case of elder abuse needs to be considered a problem,” Tammy Seaver, social providers chief with APS, stated. “I think one of the most important things you could do is to make sure our vulnerable population is protected and receiving the care that they so deserve.”

Last year, APS responded to greater than 9,000 allegations involving adults over the age of 60.

Reports to APS can come in a number of kinds. Oftentimes, a member of the family will report an allegation. Mandated reporters, together with docs, hospital workers, social staff and musical therapists, are required to report any suspicions.

But, not all instances transfer ahead.

“If a client does not want us to pursue, we cannot go further into the investigation,” Seaver stated.

Data obtained by the I-Team reveals out of greater than 6,600 closed instances statewide final year, APS discovered 565 instances of substantiated abuse, 442 instances of exploitation and 258 instances of neglect. The complete variety of instances was barely greater year-over-year from fiscal year 2020 to 2019, Seaver stated.

“It’s starting to be talked about more, and people understand that there are problems out there that need to be reported,” she stated.

If felony expenses are warranted in Southern Nevada, APS will ahead the case to Metro Police.

Rosales stays out on bail with the stipulation she not home any aged adults.

APS has two cellphone numbers to make a report:

  • Clark County: (702) 486-6930
  • Statewide: (888) 729-0571

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