1.2 Vulnerable Adults

According to most general definitions, a vulnerable adult is any person of or over the age of 18 who is elderly, frail, has a physical or learning disability, has a drug or alcohol addiction, has a chronic illness, is a caretaker, has mental needs or disabilities such as dementia or schizophrenia, or cannot make their own decisions.

Specifically, under the Minnesota Statutes, a vulnerable adult is any person currently 18 years of age or older meeting the following requirements:

  • They are a resident or inpatient of a facility.
  • They receive services at or from a facility required to be licensed to serve adults.
  • They accept services from a licensed home care provider or a person/ organization that exclusively provides, arranges, or offers personal care services.
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