3.1 Detecting and Assessing Vulnerable Adult Abuse

All healthcare professionals and employees need to be vigilant in detecting abuse signs, followed by appropriate assessment and reporting. This detection involves understanding various forms of abuse, their signs, and how they can appear in a healthcare setting.

Detection primarily focuses on the demeanor and behavior of the adults who might come in with their abuser and appear fearful in any way. Any indication or hint that something may not be right in the situation should alert the concerned employee about possible vulnerable adult abuse.

However, it is also important to follow procedures and thoroughly assess the situation before initiating an external intervention. Not all adults with disabilities or of older age are vulnerable adults. So, any signs of possible abuse need to be fairly assessed before any judgment is passed.

With that in mind, safeguarding practices require various facilities to have policies that assist their employees in detecting and assessing possible vulnerable adult abuse.

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