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Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention
Elder rights and abuse prevention

The Older Americans Act of 1965 states as one of its 10 objectives that “Congress hereby finds and declares that, in keeping with the traditional American concept of the inherent dignity of the individual in our democratic society, the older people of our Nation are entitled to … freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives, full participation in the planning and operation of community based services and programs provided for their benefit, and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” (Title I, Section 101, objective 10)

Contained on this page are resources for carrying out this Older Americans Act objective for all Oregon adults, including:

  • Adult Abuse Prevention Tools
  • Guardianship & other options in Oregon to help another person make decisions

Adult Abuse Prevention Tools

This section contains tools and programs that do or can serve as abuse prevention mechanisms for potentially vulnerable seniors and other adults in Oregon.

  • Oregon Department of Justice - Consumer Protection / Financial Fraud
    The Consumer Protection section of the Oregon Department of Justice receives consumer complaints to identify and eliminate threats to Oregon consumers.  A consumer complaint form can be found via this link. Register here for DOJ’s Oregon Scam Alert Network.
  • Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations
    The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations conducts investigations into alleged abuse and neglect of seniors and people with disabilities. Multiple resources for the prevention, detection, and reporting of adult abuse are available at this site.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an independent state agency providing advocacy and complaint investigation for Oregon’s citizens living in nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes.
  • Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA)
    SHIBA provides free services to educate, assist, and serve as advocates for Oregonians with Medicare.  SHIBA volunteers help people with Medicare understand their rights and options in health insurance so that they can make informed choices.

Guardianship & other options in Oregon to help another person make decisions

The resources in this section are provided as a compilation of available materials specific to the range of fiduciary and related decision-making options in Oregon.


Disability Rights Oregon’s Guardianship handbook for protected persons:

The ARC of Oregon

Additional guardianship resources:


Powers of Attorney

Representative Payees or VA Fiduciaries

Advance Directives for Healthcare in Oregon

Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program provides information as well as a copy of the Oregon Advance Directive form. More information is available on the SHIBA information page.

Oregon Health Decisions – an independent, nonprofit – produces a planning guide and other information on their website.

Appointed Health Care Representative for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities

Developmental Disability Services Health Care Representative (Oregon Administrative Rules )

Contact the appropriate Community Developmental Disability Programs for more information

Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

Oregon Health Authority’s Guide to Oregon’s Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

Civil Commitment


Money Management Assistance Program

Easter Seals Oregon: Money Management Assistance Program

Oregon Probate Courts by County

This section includes links to Oregon county circuit courts that have provided information on probate related matters, including guardianship and conservatorship.

Additional resources for decision-making options

Oregon laws on select fiduciary relationships

  • Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 125 includes state statutory law on guardianships, conservatorships, and procedures in protective proceedings
  • Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 127 include state statutory law on powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, physician orders for life sustaining treatment, and declarations for mental health treatment.