Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of the aged and disabled. When maltreatment is confirmed, APS provides or arranges services in an attempt to alleviate the problem. Many people who are elderly or have disabilities live alone or are dependent on others for their care. Isolation is a factor that places vulnerable adults at risk for abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
More than half of all cases reported to involve neglect. Most involve self-neglect. Through illness or diminished mental capacity, vulnerable adults may no longer be able to provide adequately for their own health and safety. They may live in unsanitary conditions, without hear or running water, or may need assistance with meals and other daily activities. They may also require medical care.
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