is there nothing that can be done to people who falsely report you to Adult Protective Services?

I provide excellent care for my elderly mother, who has dementia. She lives in a lovely apartment that I pay for, has doctors, caregivers, a case manager (at $175/hr), lots of attention from family, etc.

On two occasions now, a service provider (bank and hospital) has sent Adult Protective Services to investigate my Mom's situation, basically in retaliation when I complained about their poor service and multiple mistakes in their dealings with my mother. In the first case, the bank gave my mother $2,000 cash out of an account to which she did not have access. I reported their illegal action to their management.

And in the second case, a hospital subjected her to painful tests without any sedation, incorrectly recorded her current medications (and therefore incorrectly mis-dosed her while in the hospital), incorrectly recorded information on intake regarding her present living situation, etc., etc. and by the way, never did diagnose the problem that caused her to be admitted in the first place. I made it very clear that I was unhappy with the quality of service and treatment she received.

My question is, is there any recourse someone like me can take against these clearly unfounded and retaliatory reports to APS. I fully understand that many elderly are taken advantage of, but it seems to me that there should be some consequence for intentionally reporting someone without cause -- or for the "accused" to report the "accuser" when the claims turn out to be unfounded.

I am not worried at all about passing APS's investigation, it is just frustrating and insulting that I have to go through it, when in fact it is the service providers who have given poor service.

It seems that there should be some accountability on the part of the person reporting. it seems like now any idiot who has a beef -- totally unrelated to eldercare abuse -- with someone who manages the care of an elderly person, can report them and it gets taken seriously. Just not fair.

2 Answers

  • Vamp
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    I find it interesting that you know who reported you as this information is supposed to be confidential.

    And actually both these bodies do have an relationship to the eldercare in this case. I would suppose that the most likely reason for the reports is that you trigger one or more of the warning signs for elder abuse, that is the report is automatic rather than personal.

  • 7 years ago

    Not likely. They may just be concerned about your mother's health, safety, etc. Restricted access to funds and other things you mentioned are potential warning signs. It doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. It's just that people are often obligated by law to report suspected abuse--whether it is happening or not is not up to them to determine. All they do is answer questions, and often investigations are made. I'm sorry there is stress, but it's just something that you'll likely go through with her diagnosis.

    Source(s): I am legally obligated to report to agencies when there is alleged abuse.
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