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July 3, 2004
NCEAThe Source of Information and Assistance on Elder Abuse
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Ethical Principles and Best Practice Guidelines
Adult Protective Services are those services provided to older people and people with disabilities who are, or are in danger of being mistreated or neglected, are unable to protect themselves, and have no one to assist them.
Interventions provided by Adult Protective Services include, but are not limited to, receiving reports of adult abuse, exploitation or neglect, investigating these reports, case planning, monitoring and evaluation. In addition to casework services, Adult Protection may provide or arrange for the provision of medical, social, economic, legal, housing, law enforcement or other protective, emergency or supportive services.
Guiding Value: Every action taken by Adult Protective Services must balance the duty to protect the safety of the vulnerable adult with the adult’s right to self-determination.
Secondary Value: Older people and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse, exploitation or neglect should be treated with honesty, caring and respect.
A National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators (NAAPSA)consensus statement.
National Center on Elder Abuse
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