. "Appendix B: Analysis of Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions Under State Law." Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.
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Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America
“Caretaker” under § 26-3.1-101 means a person who is responsible for care of at-risk adult as a result of family or legal relationship or who has assumed responsibility for the care of an at-risk adult.
CONNECTICUT: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17b-450 (2001)
“Abuse” includes, but is not limited to, willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or mental anguish, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services which are necessary to maintain physical or mental health.
“Neglect” refers to an elderly person who is either living alone and not able to provide for oneself the services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health or is not receiving the said necessary services from the responsible caretaker.
“Exploitation” refers to the act or process of taking advantage of an elderly person by another person or caretaker whether for monetary, personal, or other benefit, gain, or profit.
“Elderly person” means a resident of Connecticut who is 60 years of age or older.
“Caretaker” means a person who has the responsibility for the care of an elderly person as a result of a family relationship or who has assumed the responsibility for the care of the elderly voluntarily, by contract, or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
DELAWARE: 31 Del. C. § 3902 (2000); 16 De. C. § 1131 (2000)
“Abuse” under § 3902 includes physical abuse by unnecessarily inflicting pain or injury on an infirm adult; or a pattern of emotional abuse, which includes, but is not limited to, ridiculing or demeaning an infirm adult, making derogatory remarks to an infirm adult, or cursing or threatening to inflict physical or emotional harm on an infirm adult.
INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE: “Abuse” under § 1131 includes (a) physical abuse by unnecessarily inflicting pain or injury to a patient or resident. This includes, but is not limited to hitting, kicking, . . . sexual molestation; (b) emotional abuse which includes, but is not limited to, ridiculing or demeaning a patient or resident, making derogatory remarks to a patient or resident, or cursing directed toward