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Elder Abuse

WHAT IS A VULNERABLE ADULT?

Any person (children included) whose ability to perform the normal activities of daily living or to provide for his/her own are or protection is impaired due to a mental, emotional, physical or development disability or dysfunction, or brain damage or the infirmities of aging. This includes all residents or patients of a care facility.

WHAT IS ABUSE?

  • The willful or non-accidental infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish.
  • The¬†unreasonable confinment of a vulnerable adult.
  • The willful deprivation by a caretaker of services which are necessary to maintain the mental and physical health of a vulnerable adult.
  • Includes sexual abuse.
  • Does not mean conduct which is a part of the treatment and care of, and in furtherance of the health and safety of a patient or resident of a care facility.
  • Includes, but is not limited to, a single incident.

WHAT IS NEGLECT?

  • The inability of a vulnerable adult who is living alone to provide for themselves the food, clothing, shelter, health care or other services which are necessary to maintain their mental and physical health.
  • The failure of a caretaker to supply the vulnerable adult with the food, clothing, shelter, health care, supervision or other services which a¬†reasonably prudent person would do to maintain the vulnerable adult’s mental and physical health.
  • Includes a single incident.

WHAT IS EXPLOITATION?

  • The illegal or improper use of a vulnerable adult or his resources for another’s profit or advantage with or without consent of the vulnerable adult, and includes acts committed pursuant to a power of attorney.
  • Includes a single incident.