Protective Services

The goal of the Protective Services Department is to ensure that the basic health and safety of all older adults are met in the least restrictive setting possible, and that no older adult should remain at imminent risk to person or property.

Elder abuse may involve one or more of the following:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Exploitation
  • Abandonment

Abuse may occur when a caregiver fails to meet the needs of the older person or when older people fail to take care of themselves.

The Older Adults Protective Service Act mandates that every Area Agency on Aging in Pennsylvania is responsible for investigating any referral regarding safety concerns for an older person within 72 hours. This act also encourages the reporting of abuse and protects the anonymity of the person doing the reporting.

Eligibility for Protective Services

Protective Services are provided under one or more of the following conditions:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Incapacitated person
  • Unable to obtain or perform services necessary to maintain physical or mental health
  • No responsible caretaker
  • Imminent risk of his/her person or property

If you suspect mistreatment of an older person, you should report it to the York County Area Agency on Aging.

Protective Services Intake Phone Number: 771-9610 or 800-632-9073.

York County Elder Abuse Task Force

The York County Elder Abuse Task Force works to facilitate multi-agency cooperation and coordination in the investigation of crimes against the elderly. It also works to further educate the community and increase the public's awareness of the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly

Fraud Alert Bulletins are issued by the York County Elder Abuse Task Force. Periodically, members of the York County District Attorney's office who prosecute these devastating financial crimes will offer warnings about the latest financial scams targeting seniors here in York County. Educating seniors about financial fraud is a top priority of the York County Elder Abuse Task Force. With that in mind, we want every senior in York County to remember the 3 Rs:

  • Recognize a potential scam
  • Refuse to make any hasty decisions
  • Report suspicious activity to police

Stay safe and feel free to contact the District Attorney's Office at 717-771-9600 with any questions.

Dave Sunday
District Attorney

Fraud Alert Bulletins

Budget on the Run Episode

For this episode of Budget on the Run, John and Donna hit the road to visit the PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) in Harrisburg to learn more about the issues facing older adults in PA. John and Donna were honored to meet with P4A's Executive Director Rebecca May-Cole, along with special guests Mark Shea, Director of the York County Area Agency on Aging (YCAAA), and Jennifer Weitkamp, YCAAA's Protective Services Supervisor.

During an important discussion on protective services and preventative care for seniors in Pennsylvania, John and Donna discover a way the state budget can lower the increasing reports of elder abuse - by properly funding the services that are cut to cover these emergency costs.