Protection Against Elder Abuse
In cases where an elder or incapacitated person is being abused, a petition for a protection order can be filed under RCW 74.34.
A “vulnerable adult” includes someone who:
- Is over 60 years old and without the functional, mental, or physical ability to care for him or herself.
- Someone who is 18 years or older and:
- Was found incapacitated
- Has a developmental disability
- Has been admitted to a DSHS-licensed care facility or receives in-home care from a provider under DSHS contract
- Self directs at-home care from a compensated personal aide
A petition for an order protecting a vulnerable adult can be filed when a vulnerable adult has been the victim of:
- Abuse (sexual, mental, physical)
- Financial exploitation
- The threat of any of these
A petition for an order of protection is sometimes necessary to protect a vulnerable adult, but alternatives should be explored. If you are concerned about an older adult who may be subject to abuse or neglect, please call me to set up a consultation.