June 15, 2019
Every year, millions of older persons experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The Utah Attorney General’s office prioritizes protecting senior citizens from suffering due to these crimes and inflictions, and our office supports efforts to increase prosecution of elder abuse.
Like any kind of violence or neglect case, elder abuse is a criminal offense and can include physical, emotional, or sexual harm; financial exploitation, or neglect of a person’s welfare by those who are directly responsible for their care. Elder abuse can happen at their home or in institutional care settings, by family members or professional caretakers.
Our staff works tirelessly with our community partners and local law enforcement to stop elder abuse, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure the safety and well being of our older citizens.
The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR), which oversees the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and certification, monitors abuse cases in Utah, blacklists those convicted of abuse, and regularly updates an abuse registry which is available to the public.
If you believe that someone you love is experiencing abuse at the hands of their provider, please contact Adult Protective Services (APS) at 1-800-371-7897.