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Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Ombudsman

BCAAA Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Elder Rights

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging works to protect the rights of elders to live safely, with dignity and to be free from abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Elder Abuse Awareness

  • Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited.
  • Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care.
  • Elder abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you.
  • It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered.

Reporting Elder Abuse

Abuse of an older adult can happen in many ways. They might be kept from seeing family or friends. Money might be used without consent, or there could be threats of harm. Often times, the older adult may have their health, general care, or emotional needs neglected.

If you’ve witnessed an older adult being abused or suspect it could be happening, call Adult Protective Services, 303-441-1309. Call 911 in an emergency.

The BCAAA works closely with community partners, including the Boulder County District Attorney’s Community Protection Division, to provide a collaborated community response to elder abuse. We continually work to raise awareness, prevent and combat elder abuse.

Additional Information

If you would like more information about elder rights and elder abuse issues, or to schedule a community education on the warning signs of abuse and what to do about it, please contact our Elder Rights Program Manager at 303-441-1170, or

Online Resources

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Boulder County Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) Program is a free, confidential service for residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes. Residents of these homes have federally regulated rights. Long-term care ombudsmen advocate for these rights, working with and for residents to achieve quality of care and life. The services of the ombudsman can be used by residents, their friends and relatives, staff, and the general public.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  • Help residents link to resources and services
  • Identify, investigate, and problem-solve residents’ concerns about care and their rights as residents
  • Assist staff in meeting the needs and concerns of residents through education and consultation
  • Provide information to the community about long-term care and about local options

Looking for help in choosing a Long Term Care home?

Our ombudsman team can be a great resource. We have a presence in every long-term care home in Boulder County and can provide unbiased information about local options.

To Contact an Ombudsman:

Phone: 303-441-1173

Contact Us

Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

Main: 303-441-3570

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