Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Resources

If you or someone you love is being abused, you may wonder how you can get help. Fortunately, there are many national and local organizations you can contact to report different forms of nursing home abuse. Nursing Home Abuse Justice has listed these resources by state for your convenience.

For all life-threatening emergencies: call 911.

Who’s Who?

Adult Protective Services is a state-by-state service to investigate elder abuse for people at home, living within the community.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman in each state is responsible for investigating elder abuse in nursing homes and other living facilities.

Each state has its own resources and agencies to assist with elder abuse investigations and prosecutions. If you suspect elder abuse is occurring, please get in touch with one of the following agencies to report your concerns.

National Elder Abuse Support Resources

  • Eldercare Locator: This national service assists individuals with finding elder care resources, including elder abuse support. Eldercare Locator can be reached by phone from 9 am to 8 pm EST, Monday through Friday. Eldercare Locator is also available online 24/7.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: This 24/7 hotline is available for all victims of domestic violence, including elders. Call 1-800-779-7233 to reach this hotline. A TTY line (for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment) is also available at 1-800-787-3224.
  • Nursing Home Compare: Medicare’s official Nursing Home Compare tool allows you to check the ratings of every nursing home in the country that receives government funding. It ranks nursing homes on a five-star scale in categories like staffing, quality measures and more. It also provides reports on health inspections and statistics on citations for each home.
  • National Center on Elder Abuse: The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is the official hub for violence and exploitation against seniors. It includes key information on this national problem and additional resources to access if you or someone you love is being abused.

State-by-State Elder Abuse Resources




For nursing home and living facility complaints, contact the local Area Agency on Aging in your county:


Elder abuse within the community and in long-term care facilities are handled by each individual county.

District of Columbia



Hawaii Adult Protective Services by Island:



Nebraska residents are also welcome to call the police or their local law enforcement agency.

New York


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Author:Nursing Home Abuse Justice Team
Nursing Home Abuse Justice Team

Nursing Home Abuse Justice was founded to shine a light on nursing home and elder abuse. Every day, thousands of people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are abused. Our team helps educate seniors and their loved ones on the common causes, signs and preventions of nursing home abuse. We report on real-world studies and current events from respected news outlets to expose this national problem.

Last modified: January 9, 2019

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