Protect Vulnerable Adults from Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

The challenges in meeting the needs of vulnerable adults are to ensure there is no abuse, neglect or exploitation. If we know a vulnerable adult who is not getting the care they need, Adult Protective Services (APS) are available to assist.

APS responds to the following reports concerning a vulnerable adult age 18 or older:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect by others or self-neglect
  • Financial exploitation

Additionally, APS provides education and training to community partners, local service providers, and the public. To make a report, or find out more about APS contact the local Area Agency on Aging.

We can use the area map below to find the nearest Area Agency on Aging for provider information. Also to the right, “Quick Tips” and “Resources” are available to better assist us with finding reliable information and supports.

Vulnerable Adult: A person 18 years or older who is unable to protect him/herself from abuse, neglect or exploitation due to physical or mental impairment

Abuse: Infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish

Neglect: Failure of a caretaker to provide food, clothing, shelter or medical care necessary to sustain the life and health of a vulnerable adult, or failure of a vulnerable adult to provide those services to him/herself

Exploitation: The unauthorized, or improper act or process of an individual, including a caregiver or fiduciary, that uses the resources of an older individual for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain



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