Several programs are in place to ensure the rights of older adults and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation
Long term care ombudsman
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman office protects the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents in licensed long-term care facilities (Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Residential Care, and Adult Foster Homes) by investigating complaints and providing advocacy for improvements in resident care.
Adult protective services
- Abuse & neglect
The Adult Protective Services program investigates allegations of abuse and ensures measures are in place to protect individuals.
Legal assistance program
Visit the legal assistance section of our site for the following resources
- legal services development program
- legal resources for seniors
- resources for finding an attorney
- resources for legal assistance providers
Senior Medicare patrol
- The Effort
A quarterly newsletter published by DHS Seniors & People with Disabilities to help fight Medicare/Medicaid fraud.
Consumer protection / Financial fraud
- Financial fraud/consumer protection
Consumers can inform the Consumer Protection / Financial Fraud section of the Oregon Department of Justice of potentially illegal business practices by using the DOJ consumer complaint form. Under Oregon law, the Department of Justice cannot represent or give legal advice to individuals, but they can and do use consumer complaints for enforcing Oregon's Unlawful Trade Practices Act.