End Elder Abuse: Abby Services protects our area seniors and our community.

LEAPP end elder abuse

Abby Services in-home caregivers of Fort Myers and Cape Coral is doing their part to end elder abuse.

Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership or LEAPP is a coalition of local businesses and services dedicated to preventing elder abuse.

Update: LEAPP no longer exists.

While it was an excellent partnership and program LEAPP no longer exists. Those suspecting Elder Abuse are encouraged to contact

To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation, please call toll-free 1-800-962-2873. The Abuse Hotline investigates allegations of physical, sexual, and mental abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable persons. 

Elder Abuse can be a silent problem.

According to the National Council On Aging, up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.


Elder abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

Abby Services works to prevent elder abuse.

For at least the past 5 years Abby Services has supported and has been involved with LEAPP. L

EAPP stands for the Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership. LEAPP is a coalition among Lee County, Florida human service providers and agencies.

The goal of LEAPP is, “To promote a Lee County community where older adults live safe, value and dignified lives.” and their mission is “to create community partnerships that effectively promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.”

LEAPP Member Agencies include:

Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center
Abby Services In-Home Care
Able Health Care Services
Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT)
Adult Protective Services – Florida Department of Children & Families
Agency for Health Care Administration – State of Florida
Arden Courts – Ft. Myers
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida
American Elder Care
Bonita Fire & Rescue
Cape Coral Police Department
City of Ft. Myers – Mayor Henderson’s Office
Coastal Behavioral Health
Comfort Keepers
Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI)
Congressman Connie Mack’s Office
Cypress Cove
Direct Access Home Health

Dolores Bertolini – Caregiver and Retiree
Dr. Piper Center
Elder Law Office of Norma Hand Brill
Florida Gulf Coast University School of Nursing
Florida Gulf Coast University School of Social Work
Florida Rural Legal Services
Ft. Myers Police Department
Good Wheels
Gulf Coast Village
Heartland Health Care Center
Helen Fallert – Retired Social Worker
Hope HealthCare Services
Iona-McGregor Fire District
JBH Behavioral Health
Lee County Health Department
Lee County Department of Human Services
Lee County Housing Authority
Lee County Library System
Lee County Public Safety
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Lee Memorial Health System
Long Term Care Ombudsman – Southwest Florida
Lynda Leonard-Boyce – Professional Guardian
Mederi Care Tenders
Millennium House
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Southwest Florida Chapter
National Alliance Mental Illness (NAMI)
Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida
Office of Financial Regulations – State of Florida
Osterhout, McKinney & Prather Elder Law Attorneys
Parkinson’s Action Network
Prudential Financial
Right at Home
Sanibel Fire & Rescue
Sanibel FISH
Schlager, Schlager & Levin
Senior Behavioral Health at Lee Memorial
Senior Friendship Centers
Senior Home Companions
Sherri Graham – Professional Guardian
Signature Healthcare
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
State Attorney’s Office
Superior Residences at HealthPark
The Honorable Archie B. Hayward, Jr. – Lee County Judge
United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades
United Way 211
University of Florida Lee County Extension Service
Visually Impaired Person (VIP)

Through Abby Services’ involvement with LEAPP, we are able to help ensure our local seniors remain safe in their homes and can help support those seniors and their families who are at risk for abuse.

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Abby Services was a lead supporter of the LEAPP Shred-a-thon.

Recently Abby Services supported the LEAPP shred-a-thon. The Shred-a-thon is an annual event around tax season which provides an opportunity for local residents including seniors to securely destroy sensitive documents. All donated proceeds go to help support LEAPP initiatives through a local partnership with The United Way.

By shredding sensitive documents Abby Services In-Home Care helps to reduce the risk of fraud, and financial abuse. Abby Services In-Home Care is proud to support LEAPP and all local initiatives in LEE County, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral who support our seniors and help keep them safe and in their home, regardless if they require in-home care or do not require in-home care.

For more information on how Abby Services In-Home Care and LEAPP protect our local seniors please visit www.leeelderabuse.org

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