Abuse is a form of mistreatment by one individual that causes harm to another person. If you witness a life-threatening situation involving a senior or adult with disabilities, immediately call
To report a potential case of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult, immediately contact the county DSS office where the vulnerable adult resides.
Intake staff will assist the person making the report and assess the information provided to determine if an investigation is necessary. Local law enforcement offices can also file reports of potential abuse or neglect and ask DSS to investigate the case.
APS investigates and provides temporary assistance until risk is minimized and services are secured. When in the best interest of the vulnerable adult APS works to keep the adult in their home with supportive services. What meets the APS criteria of a vulnerable adult? This includes adults who are impaired because of brain damage, advanced age, and physical, mental or emotional dysfunction.
Who is a Vulnerable Adult? Carol is a 35 year old female who is in general good health.
However, two weeks ago she got into a car accident and broke her left leg. Although it has become a challenge for her to complete daily tasks, she is expected to make a full recovery. Is Carol a vulnerable adult? Carol is temporarily challenged.
She does not have a disability or physical or mental condition that permanently disables her from providing care or protection for herself. Joey is a 25 year old man with an intellectual disability. He has completed school and is attending a day program to learn work skills.
Joey wants to be independent and resists getting help. He is trying to live on his own, but his roommate is taking his money. He does not have the skills to manage his money, clean his apartment consistently, or eat properly. Is he a vulnerable adult? At the moment Joey is a vulnerable adult because he is being exploited by his roommate.
If Joey gets assistance in transitioning to the work force, learning life skills such as healthy eating, and living in an appropriate community setting, then he would not a vulnerable adult because he is not in danger.
People with disabilities who seek independence have an opportunity to make themselves less vulnerable by making themselves less dependent upon other people. However, if loses his apartment and becomes homeless, he may be a vulnerable adult because he does not have the means to provide care for himself Situation 3: Roy is a 65 year old man who is having problems with his living conditions.
He is clear and oriented and still drives his car. He does his own grocery shopping and pays his own bills. He gets and administers his own medication. Roy reports that he knows that his home needs some fixing up, but he does not have the money to fix it up at the current time and he has a pathway through the home in case he needs to exit quickly.
Is Roy a vulnerable adult? Not based only on these facts. Rather, there must be evidence of other factors that cause the deleterious effect. Maria, age 57, resides in a community residential care facility.
She receives disability benefits for several medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and depression. Is Maria a vulnerable adult? For a report or referral to meet the criteria to be accepted for investigation, there must be an allegation that meets the legal definition of a vulnerable adult.
There also, must be reason to believe abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation of the vulnerable adult has occurred or is likely to occur in a community setting. What is Abuse and Neglect?
The following definitions will help you understand terminology associated with the maltreatment of a vulnerable adult.(1) "Abandonment" means action or inaction by a person or entity with a duty of care for a vulnerable adult that leaves the vulnerable person without the means or ability to obtain necessary food, clothing, shelter, or health care.
Adult Protection. Adult Protection is a federally mandated service in which social workers investigate allegations of maltreatment, and arrange services to help assure the safety of Vulnerable Adults .
Information about services available to vulnerable adults who may be affected by abuse, exploitation, neglect or self-neglect. pfmlures.com statistics of child abuse, child sex trafficking, statistics of family violence in the USA.
Child abuse education helping to prevent family violence. Domestic violence prevention, authority of department of social and health services to seek relief on behalf of vulnerable adults: RCW Patients in . The Council works closely with the other Councils in the west of Berkshire, the police, probation, health and a range of private and voluntary agencies to try and prevent adult abuse .