Vulnerable Adult, APS, & Power of Attorney

25 years of helping others navigate the Adult Protective Services arena has made Attorney Brian Duce the go to Vulnerable Adult Lawyer. Vulnerable Adults need special care and we want to provide the best options for you and your family.

 Vulnerable Adults, Adult Protective Services, & Power of Attorney

Who is a “vulnerable adult”?

Washington State’s Vulnerable Adult Protection Act protects people who:

  • Are 60 or older who are functionally, mentally, or physically unable to care for themselves OR

  • Have a court-appointed guardian OR

  • Have a developmental disability OR

  • Live in nursing homes, adult family homes, boarding homes, or any other facility OR

  • Get services from home health, hospice, or home care agencies OR

  • Get services from an individual care provider or a personal aide

    *Vulnerable Adult Protection Act RCW 74.34

What is vulnerable adult abuse and neglect?

Abuse here means willful or non-accidental action or inaction that harms a vulnerable adult. The harm can be physical or mental injury, unreasonably being held somewhere against their will, intimidation, and punishment. Other forms of Abuse come in sexual abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse, and exploitation.

Neglect is when a person or agency with a duty to care for a vulnerable adult acts (or fails to act) in a way that results in the vulnerable adult not getting care needed to keep them physically or mentally healthy.

Exploitation is when an abuser illegally/improperly uses a vulnerable adult or the vulnerable adult’s income/resources, including trust funds or bank accounts, for the abuser’s profit/advantage.

Abandonment is when a person or agency with a duty to care for a vulnerable adult acts (or fails to act) in a way that leaves the vulnerable adult unable to get needed food, clothing, shelter, or health care.

Self-neglect means a vulnerable adult, not living in a care facility, cannot provide for themselves the goods and services needed for their physical or mental health. This hurts or threatens the vulnerable adult’s well-being.