As of July 1, 2014, certain professionals must report abuse, caretaker neglect, and/or exploitation of at-risk elders. An at-risk elder is any person who is 70 years of age or older.
If you are a mandatory reporter and you witness or become aware that an at-risk elder has been or is at imminent risk for mistreatment (abuse, caretaker neglect, or exploitation), you must make a report to law enforcement within 24 hours.
Mandatory Reporters (pursuant to Section 13-90-109(1)(C), C.R.S.):
- Physicians, surgeons, physicians assistants, osteopaths, physicians in training, podiatrists, occupational therapists
- Medical examiners and coroners
- Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners
- Hospital and long-term care facility personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients
- Psychologists and other mental health professionals
- Social work practitioners
- Law enforcement officials and personnel
- Court appointed guardians and conservators
- Fire protection personnel
- Community-centered board staff
- Personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other lending or financial institutions
- A caretaker, staff member, employee, volunteer, or consultant for a licensed or certified care facility, agency home, or governing board, including but not limited to home health providers
- Emergency medical service providers
- Physical therapists
For more information on the mandatory reporting of elder abuse, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-Main/CBON/1251575083520.