How does one prove self neglect to adult protective svcs?

Asked 12 months ago - Keizer, OR

When one presents self neglect to adult protective services, rep states self neglect is too hard to prove, therefore it does not even get investigated or "looked into".

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  1. Yunus M. Paisner


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    Answered . When you say "self neglect" what specific rule or law are you referring to? If this applies to adult protective services their rules must be in writing and something they can give you or you can look up on the internet. Once you have the rule in writing you can see how closely the facts and law line up. To make a stronger case try writing down the facts that support the definition of "self neglect" and present that to adult protective services.

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  2. Matthew C McKean

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    Answered . If your elder cannot take adequate care of himself or herself, you should talk to an elder law attorney to look at filing a guardianship for that person. The state will not do that for you.

  3. Lawrence A Friedman

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    Answered . There is no such thing as self neglect. An individual who has capacity to make informed choices is entitled to live in a manner others might not like provided he isn't a danger to himself or others and isn't being abused or exploited. APS normally will step in to help a vulnerable adult who lacks capacity and needs help or who is being abused or exploited. Talk to an APS supervisor or elder law attorney.

    Lawrence Friedman, Bridgewater, NJ. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the ABA approved National Elder Law... more

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