It’s important that the Iowa DHS protects elderly from abuse at the hands of their caretakers. But it’s just as important that innocent persons not be labeled as abusers when all they’re trying to do is take care of their friends and family members the best they can.

For instance, if a son spends money on repairing things his father owns, how is that financial abuse? I’ve seen it charged as such.

If a DHS worker is calling you about an assessment, it means they are investigating you or someone else who’s acting as a caretaker for a dependent person. Protect your rights.
If an assessment worker finds that you have committed abuse, you have an absolute right to appeal.

You may need representation before that, however, because DHS assessments are often done jointly with law enforcement.

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