The Nation’s Leading Resource on the Maltreatment of Elders and People with Disabilities

The Sketchley Method is the nation’s leading resource on the prevention of the maltreatment (abuse, neglect, and exploitation) of elders and people with disabilities. Our focus is directed specifically on these two groups who are uniquely vulnerable to these crimes yet receive little to no national media coverage or advocacy. We give a voice to these very real, very present harm occurring in your community on a daily basis.

But we’re not just here to tell you there’s a problem in America.

Instead, we provide you with the resources you need to recognize these problems in your community and help fight them. You will find resources that include books, articles, checklists and guides designed specifically to help you.  Each week we address breaking news as it happens across the nation, the world, and possibly your hometown!  We are creating an educated, active community comprised of citizens and professionals who want to stop this epidemic. Let’s show you how to get involved!

Statutory Language by State

There are no uniform laws for the maltreatment of elders and people with disabilities.

We believe understanding how each state addresses these issues is critical.

State Reporting Hotlines and Websites

Many of us don’t know what to do when we come face-to-face with the maltreatment of an elder or person with a disability.

We must report abuse to stop it.

Practice Development for Attorneys

The Annual Exploitation Conference is the legal continuing education conference devoted to covering the difficult topics of elder law.

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What is the Elder Abuse Prevention & Prosecution Act

On October 18, 2017, Congress passed the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA).  The goal of the EAPPA is to address financial abuse and exploitation of elders on a national scale.  It is estimated that financial exploitation costs seniors in the U.S....

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Lack of Emergency Preparedness Is Elder Abuse

After the story that ten (10) frail, elderly residents died in a nursing home in Hollywood Hills, Florida following Hurricane Irma made national news, professionals who work with elders and family members or friends with a loved one in a facility were forced to...

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States Must Make It Easier to Report Elder Abuse

One in seven Americans is over age 65 and increasing rapidly.  By 2030, 20% of the population will be over age 65.  As our population ages, the incidents of elder abuse also referred to as elder maltreatment (abuse, neglect & exploitation) increase as well.  Elder...

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Arbitration Clauses Allow Facility to Hide Elder Abuse

Arbitration clauses are common in nursing home and assisted living facility admission agreements.  While these clauses are touted by many as benefiting the parties by reducing the costs of litigation, shortening the time for resolving a dispute, and for allowing...

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What Is The Jury Duty Scam?

Amid a hectic week, you receive a phone call reporting that you have failed to show up for jury duty and now you must face a judge and possibly jail time. Like most people who receive this call, you’re most likely to panic. But is the call real or just a scam? It's a...

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What is the Annual Exploitation Conference?

The 2017 Annual Exploitation Conference will be held October 11-13, 2017 in Destin Beach, Florida at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. This legal continuing education conference is devoted to covering the difficult topics of national importance for attorneys as...

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Why Do Older People Fall for Scams?

When most of us think of our elders, we don't think about scams.  Most of us have fond, warm memories of our elders. We think of our older family members and the seniors around us with compassion. If you think of your grandparents, you most likely associated as loving...

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About The Sketchley Method (TSM)

The Sketchley Method was created to give a voice to the very real issues of fraud, abuse, theft and exploitation that vulnerable elders and disabled individuals face on a daily basis.