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Adult Protective Services

 
APS (or Adult Protective Services) investigates neglect, self-neglect, battery and exploitation in anyone who may be an endangered adult as defined by Indiana Code 12-10-3-2.  Delaware County, along with 6 surrounding counties, compose Region 6 of the Indiana APS; and is covered by investigators based out of Madison County. 
 
Region 6
Region 6 of the Indiana APS consists of 7 counties (Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph).
Reporting Adult Endangerment
Since 1985, the State of Indiana has required people who are aware of adult endangerment to report it to local authorities.  APS investigates reports of adult endangerment, which is defined by Indiana Code.  An adult may be endangered as a result of other individuals' actions, their own limitations, or both.  A person may be considered to be an endangered adult if he/she is 18 years of age or older and is unable to protect him or herself due to being mentally or physically disabled, frail or elderly from being:
 
  • Battered;
  • Neglected;
  • Exploited; or
  • Self-neglected
Signs of an Endangered Adult
The following are some signs that an individual may be an endangered adult:
  • Not allowing dependent person to talk to or see visitors;
  • Indifference or anger is being demonstrated toward dependent person;
  • Aggressive behaviors (i.e. threats, insults, harassment, etc.);
  • Conflicting accounts of incidents;
  • Withholding affection;
  • History of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior, or family violence.
Financial Abuse Indicators
The following are some potential signs that an endangered adult is either suffering from financial abuse, or that they are unable to handle their fanancial responsibilities:
  • Unusual or inappropriate activity in bank accounts;
  • Refusal to spend money on dependent person for health care or personal items;
  • Numerous unpaid bills;
  • Living environment not comparable with income;
  • Missing furniture, silverware, jewelry, etc.;
  • A new or recent will, when dependent person seems incapable of executing a will.
Physical Abuse Indicators
The following are some potential signs that an endangered adult is either suffering from physical abuse, or that they are unable to direct their own self-care:
  • Soiled clothing or bed;
  • Dehydration or malnutrition;
  • Frequent use of emergency room or hospital;
  • Cuts, lacerations, or puncture wounds;
  • Injuries that are inconsistent with history or account of injury;
  • Unexplained bruises on the dependent person's body that are in the shape of an object;
  • Presence of old and new bruises at the same time;
  • Injuries that have not been cared for or treated;
  • Cigarette burns;
  • Lack of necessities in the home, such as water, food or medicine.
Behavioral Indicators
The following are some potential behavioral indicators that an endangered adult may display that may indicate that they are not able to provide for or direct their own self-care:
  • Confusion or disorientation;
  • Denial and/or unlikely stories;
  • Fear of, withdrawal from, non-responsiveness to or hesitation to talk openly;
  • Helplessness;
  • Depression;
  • Agitation;
  • Anxiety;
  • Anger.
Contact Information
To report suspected abuse of a potentially endangered adult, please contact Region 6 of the Indiana APS at (765) 641-9585.  If a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.