Protect

Empowering people to age healthfully, happily and safely is what we’re all about. Too often older adults and people with disabilities become victims of financial and/or physical abuse. Whether you live in a long-term care facility or in your own home, our office is here to help protect you.

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Senior Medicare Patrol

Get help to protect yourself, or a loved one, from Medicare fraud. Our team can assist you in preventing, detecting, and reporting suspected healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse.

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Volunteer Guardianship

Guardianship for adults 60+ with a need for a surrogate healthcare decision maker.

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Ombudsman Program

You deserve to be safe and happy. Rhode Island’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates on behalf of residents in care facilities, listening to their concerns and taking action to protect their rights.


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Elder Protective Services

Unfortunately, cases of abuse and exploitation of older persons are on the rise. Our office works with law enforcement and other community partners to investigate complaints of abuse, self-neglect and financial exploitation against people 60 years of age or older.

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  • Person lacks basic hygiene, adequate food or clean, appropriate clothing
  • Person lives in a home that is cluttered, filthy, or in disrepair
  • Person exhibits unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior
  • Person has unexplained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns
  • Person has unexplained sexually transmitted disease(s)
  • Person with dementia is left unsupervised
  • Person is confined to bed without care and/or has untreated “bed” sores
  • Person’s money is controlled by caregiver, but caregiver is failing to provide for the individual’s needs
  • Person is isolated by a caregiver
  • Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning to the person

Did you know Rhode Island law requires you to report elder abuse or exploitation to us?  All Rhode Islanders are mandatory reporters. Make a report anytime by calling 401-462-0555. Reports can be filed anonymously.

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