Adult Protective Services
Solutions for Care is a state designated APS agency through the Illinois Department on Aging that investigates Abuse, Neglect, Financial Exploitation and Self-Neglect of individuals 18-59 with a documented disability and anyone 60 and over.
These services are provided to residents of the 12 communities that make up Proviso Township, Berwyn and Cicero townships in suburban Cook county. We investigate approximately 400 cases annually, with financial exploitation being the most frequent offense. All Adult Protective Services are confidential and free of charge.
What is Considered Abuse?
The Adult Protective Services Program responds to the following types of abuse:
Causing the infliction of physical pain or injury to an eligible adult.
Touching, fondling, sexual threats, sexually inappropriate remarks, or any other sexual activity with an eligible adult when he or she is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened or physically forced to engage in sexual behavior.
Verbal assaults, threats of maltreatment, harassment or intimidation intended to compel the eligible adult to engage in conduct from which he or she wishes and has a right to abstain, or to refrain from conduct in which the eligible adult wishes and has the right to engage.
Restraining or isolating, without authority, an eligible adult for other than medical reasons, as ordered by a physician.
Another individual’s failure to provide an eligible adult with the necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter or medical care because of failure to understand the eligible adult’s needs, lack of awareness of services to help meet needs, or a lack of capacity to care for the eligible adult.
Deliberate denial of medications, medical care, shelter, food, therapeutic devices, or other physical assistance to a person, who because of age, health, or disability, requires such assistance and there by exposes that person to the risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm because of such denial: except with respect to medical care or treatment when the dependent person has expressed an intent to forego such medical care of treatment and has the capacity to understand the consequences.
The use of an eligible adult’s resources by another to the disadvantage of that adult or the profit or advantage of a person other than the adult.
A condition that is the result of an eligible adult’s inability, due to physical or mental impairments, or both, or a diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks that substantially threaten his or her own health, including: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and health care; or obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being and general safety.
Abuse takes many forms, and in most cases victims are subjected to more than one type of abuse, neglect or exploitation. In 2017, the State of Illinois reported 16,507 cases of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The majority of reports were for Financial Exploitation (8,604); followed by Emotional Abuse (6,476); Passive Neglect (6,679); Physical Abuse (3,782); Willful Deprivation (2,268); Confinement (1,381); and Sexual Abuse (765).
Most abusers are family members: 74% were either a spouse, adult child or other relative.
For more information call Solutions for Care at (708) 447-2448 or the State of Illinois' Adult Protective Services Hotline at 866.800.1409. All reports are handled with strict confidentiality.