Vulnerable Adult/Elder Abuse?
- A vulnerable
adult/elder adult who has been the victim of physical harm or
fears imminent physical harm or stalking from a
or household member
file for a domestic violence protection order.
- A vulnerable
adult/elder adult who has been abandoned, abused, subject to
financial exploitation, or neglect or threat thereof should
file for a vulnerable adult protection order.
Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse
- Physical: Nonaccidental use of physical force. It can include assault,
inappropriate restraint or overmedication.
- Sexual: Nonconsensual sexual contact of any kind, including forced or
sexual contact with a person who is incapable of exercising
consent because of physical or mental impairments.
- Psychological: Willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat,
humiliation or other verbal or nonverbal abusive conduct. This
may involve frightening, humiliating, intimidating, threatening
or isolating the abused person. Or, it may involve threatening
to place the person in an unfamiliar environment (nursing home
or stranger), or threatening harm if he or she does not give
the abuser money or property.
- Financial: Illegal or improper use of an older or vulnerable person's funds,
property or resources. This may involve theft, fraud and unfulfilled
promises of lifetime care in exchange for assets and limitation
on the abused person's access to his or her assets. Older and/or
vulnerable adults may be confused and sign documents that are
not clearly understood (wills, powers of attorney or other legal
documents). Coercing or tricking older or vulnerable adults
is abuse. Financial exploitation is one
of the most common forms of crime against vulnerable adults
and the elderly. When older or vulnerable persons are
no longer able to conduct their own business affairs, others
begin to sign and cash their welfare, social security or pension
checks for their own purpose.
- Neglect: When a caregiver fails to fulfill his or her responsibilities.
a Vulnerable Adult/Elder?
60 years or older
who are found incapacitated by a court (RCW 11.88)
who have a developmental disability as defined under RCW 71A.10.020
who have been admitted to any facility
receiving services from home health, hospice or home care agencies
receiving services from an individual provider
some indicators of Vulnerable Adult/Elder Abuse?
dehydration, poor person hygiene
drugs or medication or over medicating
physical or mental health problems
heating or cooling
injuries, burns or bruises (especially with vague explanations)
and/or imprint injuries (bruising that keeps the shape of objects
such as hand/thumb marks)
explanations of injury
defensiveness by caretaker
to discuss problems with caretaker or in caretaker's presence
of caretaker but wanted to please caretaker
income - but victim does not have sufficient food, heat, clothing,
or legal documents clearing even when victim is not even capable
of understanding such documents.
I get a Vulnerable Adult Protection Order?
get one at the Superior Court of the county where the victim
resides. In Skagit County you can get a Protection Order at
the County Clerk's Office (link to How to Obtain a Protection
Adult Protection Orders are free.