Councilwoman At Large Linda F. R. Omobien is serving on the Social Services Advisory Board where services for senior citizens are being discussed by a number of agency leaders. Summit County Executive Russ Pry recently convened the board to talk about services for senior citizens, and elder abuse emerged as one critical area to address.
Elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to harm. Physical, emotional and psychological abuse; neglect; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are forms of elder abuse.
“Our goal is to coordinate the services for senior citizens and find ways to communicate what is available in our communities,” said Omobien. “Summit County has an array of services for senior citizens. The concern is how do citizens find them when they are needed.”
Many local agencies offer services including in-home care, home delivered meals and protective services for senior citizens. Some of these agencies are:
The board will continue to meet periodically to find the most effective way to streamline services, Omobien said. Those who need assistance may call any of the agencies above or contact Summit County’s Community Resource Info Line by dialing 2-1-1. For more information on elder abuse, click here.