Important Tips & Resources

Important Tips

Preventing Elder Abuse

  • Be sure to investigate sources of elder care thoroughly
  • Check the background of anyone who offers personal home care
  • Contact Adult Protective Services by calling 888-832-3858 if you suspect abuse
  • Do not be afraid to report elder abuse
  • Look around at the facilities and other patients

Preventing Consumer Fraud

  • Always take your time when making a financial decision, and do not be afraid to say "NO".
  • Beware of give-away and free prizes, there is usually a catch
  • Offers that sound too good to be true usually are
  • Report consumer fraud to the Attorney General's Office and Chesterfield Police

Personal Safety

  • Do not open your door to strangers
  • Have a buddy system with your neighbors and join a Neighborhood Watch program
  • If you or someone you know becomes a victim, call Chesterfield Police immediately
  • Lock up, even when you're home
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend

Important Resources

  • Better Business Bureau Senior Fraud Program - Phone: 804-780-2222
  • Do Not Call Registry - Phone: 888-382-1222
  • Fire/EMS Community Programs Section - Phone: 804-748-1426
  • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit - Phone: 800-371-0824
  • Office of the Senior Advocate - Phone: 804-768-7878
  • Police Department Crime Prevention Section - Phone: 804-318-8699
  • State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance - Phone: 877-310-6560
  • Sheriff's Office, Community Relations Office - Phone: 804-717-6266
  • Virginia Consumer Protection Section - Phone: 804-786-2042
  • Virginia Triad