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Vulnerable Adult

The law defines ‘vulnerable adult’ as (RCW 74.34.020 ; RCW 74.34.021):

DSHS can investigate only situations of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation that involve an alleged victim who meets the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ in the law. APS refers situations that involve alleged victims who do not fall within the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ to appropriate resources.

Exercise #1

Look at the following examples and read the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ above. Which example describes a ‘vulnerable adult?’

  1. 30-year-old Martha has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and does not take care of her hygiene.
  2. 23-year-old David has a developmental disability and lives at home with his parents.
  3. 85-year-old Ed is being financially exploited by his son. Ed takes care of himself well, lives at home by himself, and continues to drive.

Exercise #1 Answers

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