Protection Act protects people who: Are 60 or older who are functionally, mentally, or physically unable to care for themselves OR. Get services from home health, hospice, or home care agencies OR. Get services from an individual care provider or a personal aide.
The law protects frail elders and vulnerable adults. Read about the Washington State's Vulnerable Adult Protection Act protects people who: Are 60 or older.
The law defines ‘vulnerable adult’ as (RCW ; RCW ): DSHS can investigate only situations of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation that involve an alleged victim who meets the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ in the law.
Washington State Legislature , Response to reports—Timing—Reports to law enforcement agencies—Notification to licensing authority. , Protection of vulnerable adults—Petition for protective order.