Elder Advocacy

 CLSMF Elder Advocates assist seniors (individuals over the age of 60) who have been subjected to physical abuse, financial exploitation through the misuse of the elder’s money or property by another person, intimidation, sexual abuse, or is deprived by a caregiver of food or needed medication or necessary services for survival. CLSMF Elder Advocates also help seniors with other concerns relating to matters such as living wills, financial scams, health care, and durable powers of attorney. The Elder Advocate will meet with the individual in his or her home or wherever is convenient for the individual. There is no requirement that crimes against the senior have been reported to the police to receive our assistance. In many cases, our Elder Abuse Advocates help provide information, referral, legal advice and/or representation.

Senior Hands
We also have a Family Caregiver project. Free legal help is available if you are a:
  •  Family Caregiver who takes care of finances and daily living activities for a person who is 55 or older.
  • Grandparent, Legal Guardian or Adult Relative who lives with and is the primary caregiver of a child who is 18 or younger. CLSMF brochure for more information on this program.

What is Elder Abuse?

Our seniors are at risk of mistreatment that can range from physical and emotional abuse to physical exploitation. Abuse can occur when someone has a special relationship with a senior (e.g. spouse, caregiver, child). A senior is also at risk of mistreatment by strangers or while living in an institutional setting.

What can you do to protect our Seniors?

Report Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation

You can help protect a senior by reporting suspected abuse.  Here’s how:

  1. By Phone: Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Press 2 to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or a vulnerable adult. This toll free number is available 24/7.
  2. TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-453-5145
  3. By Fax: To make a report via Fax, please send a detailed written report with your name and contact telephone to 1-800-914-0004.
  4. Report online: Go to the Department of Children and Families website to report abuse.

Download the Florida Abuse Hotline Fax reporting form.

Prepare for a Disaster

Do you know what to do in the event of a hurricane or other emergency? Living in a coastal state, we are faced with certain risks for natural disasters and other emergencies for which we must always be prepared. While we hope for the best at all times, it would be irresponsible not to have a disaster plan for when those emergencies do occur. Please take a look at the 2013 Disaster Preparedness Guide For Elders to help prepare you and your home.


Additional Resources
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The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families. You can also call 1-800-677-1116  (hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET).

The Senior Information Hotline
is a service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and provides information about other programs and resources for older adults in Florida. You can also call the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337.

Aging Wisely also has a list of resources for seniors in Florida.

Aging at Home: Common Problems and Solutions

How Seniors are Designing Social Support Networks

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

The Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

Depression in the Elderly: 7 Ways to Help

Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors

Recognizing and Treating Depression: A Guide for the Elderly & Their Caregivers

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Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact the Department of Legal Affairs, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531, or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or who have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).