Protect Vulnerable Adults Essay

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Who is a vulnerable adult? A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 years or over, who is, or may be, unable to take care of themselves or are unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation. This may be because they have a mental health problem, a disability, visual or hearing problems, are old and frail or have some form of illness. Why do we need to protect vulnerable adults? Vulnerable adults have the right to live their lives free from abuse. Everyone should treat vulnerable people with respect and dignity. They should be able to choose how to live their lives independently, and receive support in doing this. What is adult abuse? Abuse is a violation of a person's human and civil rights by any other person.…show more content…
* genital itching, soreness or having a sexually transmitted disease * using bad language * not wanting to be touched * behaving in a sexually inappropriate way * changes in appearance Neglect or acts of omission including: Withdrawing or not giving the help that a vulnerable adult needs, so causing them to suffer Possible signs: * having pain or discomfort * being very hungry, thirsty or untidy * failing health Discriminatory abuse including: Abusing a person because of their ethnic origin, religion, language, age, sexuality, gender or disability Possible signs: * the person is not receiving the care they require * their career is over critical or makes insulting remarks about the person * the person is made to dress differently from how they wish Institutional abuse: Abuse or mistreatment by an organization or by any individual within a building where the person is living or receiving care Possible signs: * the person has no personal clothing or possessions * there is no care plan for them * he or she is often admitted to hospital * there are instances of professionals having treated them badly or unsatisfactorily or acting in a way that cause harm to the
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