Presentation on theme: "Adult Protective Service"— Presentation transcript:
1 Adult Protective Service Abuse is the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish; Or the deprivation by a person, including a caregiver, of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.Exploitation is the use of an individuals resources by another person, to the disadvantage of that individual or for the advantage of another person, other than that of the individual.
2 ELDER ABUSE LAWThe Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act became law in 1988 and called for the state to address the problem of domestic elder abuse. As a result, the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program was implemented under the direction of the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA). This statewide program was established to respond to reports of alleged elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and to work with the older victims in resolving abusive situations. On July 1, 2013 Elder Abuse became Adult Protective Services.
3 Who should report Abuse ? Everyone is encouraged to report abuse!Certain professionals are MANDATED BY LAW to report suspected cases if the individual is unable to report for themselves:Social Service staff EducatorsLicensed Professionals Law EnforcementFormal CaregiversState, County, local government
4 Types of Abuse Financial Exploitation Misusing an older or disabled persons’ money or resources for the personal gain of anotherExerting undue influence-this includes the use of emotional tactics such as inducing guilt, shame, or anxiety to convince an older adult or disabled person to make changes to a will for the personal gain of the abuser.Stealing money or property
5 Indicators of Financial Exploitation A gap between income and lifestyleIndividual has no knowledge of their financesUnusual activity in bank accountsUnpaid bills despite adequate resourcesCaregiver or family is evasive about the financial arrangements.
6 Types of AbuseEmotional Abuse - actions intended to compel an eligible adult to engage in conduct a person wants to abstain or prevention of conduct wished to engage.ThreatsDestruction of PropertyHumiliationVerbal AssaultsHarassmentIntimidation
7 Types of AbusePhysical Abuse is causing the infliction of physical pain or injury to an eligible adult.AssaultBatteryHittingSlappingPulling HairBurningOver Medicating
8 Indicators of Physical Abuse Bruises and other physical injuriesBilateral injuriesInjuries at various healing stagesOver or under medicatedDehydrationMalnutrition
9 Types of AbuseConfinement – restraining or isolating an individual for reasons other than medically necessary.Denies access to phone/mailControls activities of individualLimits time the individual spends with loved ones
10 Types of Abuse Passive Neglect Willful Neglect Failure of the caregiver to provide for the basic needs of the older adult, including food, medicine, shelter, clothing, etc……….Willful NeglectIntentional failure of the caregiver to provide for the basic needs of the older adult, including food, medicine, shelter, clothing, etc……………..
11 Indicators of Neglect Leaving a dependent adult alone Unsanitary or hazardous conditionsInadequate foodMalnutritionInappropriate clothing for the weatherUtilities turned off
12 Types of Abuse Sexual Abuse Any non-consensual sexual conduct Any sexual activity with a person who is unable to understand or give consentAny sexual act committed under threat of harmAny forced sexual act
13 Indicators of Sexual Abuse Behavior SignsExpression of fear around malesWithdrawn or sexualized behaviorRefusing to cooperate with normal routinePhysical SignsGenitals or anal area bruisedVaginal or anal bleedingSwelling or redness of genital areaVenereal Disease
14 What Constitutes Abuse ? Victim 18 – 59 years of age with a disability orA senior 60 +Victim resides in a domestic settingAlleged Abuse has occurred within the past 12 monthsAlleged abuse must be caused by someone other than the victimReporter must name an abuser
15 The Intake ProcessThe report taker shall attempt to secure all the information on the ANE Intake Form.Alleged victims name, address, age, phone number.If the APS case worker can contact the reporter for further information.The reason the reporter has a concern.Any knowledge the reporter has regarding any risk of harm to the alleged victim.
16 The Intake Process, Cont. ‒Knowledge the reporter may have about any danger the case worker might have.‒Knowledge the reporter may have about the mental and physical condition of the alleged victim and alleged abuser.‒The identity and location of possible witnesses‒Directions to any rural route, apartment number or other address.‒ If the reporter is a mandated report.
17 Defining UrgencyPriority I = Serious Physical Harm or Immediate DangerCaseworker must respond within 24 hoursPriority II = Less Serious Consequences than Priority ICaseworker must respond within 72 hoursPriority III = Emotional Abuse, Financial Exploitation with no Immediate threatCaseworker has 7 days to respond.
18 Behavior Characteristic of the Victim FearfulWithdrawnHesitant to talkDepressedHelplessConfused and/or disorientedAngryExplanations of injuries do not make senseDenialNon-ResponsiveAgitated/ anxious
19 Behavior Characteristics of the Abuser Doesn’t allow the victim to speak for themselvesLack of assistanceAttitudes of indifference or anger toward victimAggressive BehaviorSubstance AbuseMental IllnessGives conflicting accounts of incidentsNon-Compliance with plan of careBlames victim
20 Conclusion Protect individuals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation Report any suspicions of abuse, you can remain anonymousHelp people stay in their homesReport any concerns toVisit IDOA website for more information
21 Adult Protective Services In July of 2013 the Adult Protective Services Act was established. It expanded the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act to include disabled individuals ages 18 – 59, as well as, individuals 60 years of age and older.
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