Adult Protective Services

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Assisting & Protecting Adults in Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln Counties

    Helping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

    North Central Health Care helps protect individuals 18 or older who, due to mental retardation, mental illness, a degenerative brain disorder, or other cognitive disability, are vulnerable and unable to make decisions or advocate for themselves. We conduct screenings to determine the needs and vulnerabilities of adults. Based on our professional observations, we make referrals for evaluations and services.

    We can intervene and provide emergency protective services or placement orders, help petition for guardianship and protective placement, and complete necessary court reports and evaluations. We also provide ongoing reviews of protective placements and can assist with locating guardian resources. Child Protective Services for children under the age of 18 are provided by each individual county Social Services agencies.

    Protecting Senior Citizens in Our Community

    Elders in the community can be at risk because of physical challenges, changes in mental capacity or a decrease in their ability to live independently. We screen reports of possible elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and conduct investigations, notifying appropriate agencies to ensure people receive the assistance they need. If necessary, we can help protect the individual by assisting with protective placement and guardianship actions through the court.

    If you know of someone who may be at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation by another or is at risk due to self-neglect, call 715.841.5160 or 855.487.3338 (toll-free).

    What is Adult/Elder Abuse?

    In general, adult/elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder or disabled adult. Categories of abuse include:

    • Physical abuse
    • Neglect or Self-neglect
    • Emotional or Psychological abuse
    • Financial abuse and Exploitation
    • Sexual abuse
    • Abandonment

    Every June 15, supporters of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) around the globe wear purple to show they care about ending elder abuse and neglect. Learn more about WEAAD events happening in Marathon, Lincoln and Langlade Counties to raise awareness of Elder Abuse.

    Who Is At Risk?

    Adult/Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures, and races. Based on available information, women and “older” elders are more likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues – of both abusers and victims – are risk factors. Isolation can also contribute to risk.

    What Should I Do If I Suspect Abuse?

    Report your concerns.

    Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911 or the local police or sheriff.

    To report suspected abuse in Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln counties, contact Adult Protective Services of North Central Health Care at 715.841.5160 or Toll-Free 855.487.3338 (toll free)

    Brenda Christian
    Brenda Christian
    Adult Protective Services Director
    715.848.4475
    bchristian@norcen.org