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Adult Protective Services

Elders are valuable resources as they are our custodians of Tribal history, culture and tradition; they are the best hope of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to pass on Tribal history, culture, and tradition to youth and adults of the Nation. Thus, it is in the best interest and serves the welfare of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to protect our Tribal elders.”    –Policy 3-102

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Adult Protective Services Program of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation shall be to protect tribal elders and adults who are vulnerable or incapacitated from abuse and/or neglect by providing prevention and protection services. Services shall promote the safety and well-being of Muscogee (Creek) elders and vulnerable/incapacitated adults and include immediate and appropriate intervention through assessment and investigation.

What Is Elder Abuse?
Abuse is causing or allowing infliction of bodily injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment of and elder, which results in harm, pain, or mental anguish, by any person, such as the elder’s spouse, child or caretaker.

Services Provided:
• Investigation of reports of elder or incapacitated adult abuse or neglect
• Assessment to determine if elder or incapacitated adult is at risk of harm
• Protective services to protect an elder or incapacitated adult from harm, which may include case management, coordination with appropriate health care providers, and guardianship (if necessary)
• Protective placement may include placement of and elder or incapacitated adult in a hospital, nursing home, residential care facility, or transfer of an elder from one such institution to another
• Court advocacy

Red Flags of Elder Abuse:
• Unexplained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores & burns
• Lack of basic hygiene
• Lack of adequate food
• Bed bound person left without care
• Caregiver has control of elders money but is failing to provide for elders needs
• Caretaker “living off” elder
• Caretaker isolates elder (does not let anyone into the home or speak with elder)
• Caretaker is aggressive, controlling, addicted or uncaring.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Must be 55 yrs or older (considered an elder)
• 18 yrs or older (considered incapacitated adult)
• Must be enrolled or eligible for enrollment with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
• Must reside within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

If you suspect that a Muscogee (Creek) Elder is being abused or neglected please call Muscogee (Creek) Nation Adult Protective Services at (918)732-7873 or (918)752-5445.  After hours you can call Lighthorse Police at (918)732-7800, all information is strictly confidential.


Cynthia Smith
Adult Protection Specialist

T 918.752-5445 | 918-549-2980

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