INSITUTIONAL ABUSE: “Abuse” under § 1-1902 and § 1-820 means the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment, with resulting physical harm, impairment or mental anguish.

Neglect” under § 10-103 means the failure to provide protection for a vulnerable adult who is unable to protect the person’s own interest; or the failure to provide adequate shelter or clothing; or the harming or threatening with harm through action or inaction by either another individual or through the person’s own action or inaction because of a lack of awareness, incompetence, or incapacity, which has resulted or may result in physical or mental injury.

INSTITUTIONAL NEGLECT: “Neglect” under § 1-1902 and § 1-820 means failure to provide goods and/or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.

Exploitation” or “exploit” under § 10-103 means an unjust or improper use of the resources of a vulnerable adult for the profit or advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, of a person other than the vulnerable adult through the use of undue influence, coercion, harassment, duress, deception, false representation or false pretense.

Vulnerable adult” under § 10-103 means an individual who is an incapacitated person or who, because of physical or mental disability, incapacity, or other disability, is substantially impaired in the ability to provide adequately for the care or custody of self, or is unable to manage his or her property and financial affairs effectively, or to meet essential requirements for mental or physical health or safety, or to protect self from abuse, neglect, or exploitation without assistance from others.

Resident” under § 1-1902 means a person residing in a facility due to illness, physical or mental infirmity, or advanced age.

Caretaker” under § 10-103 means a person who has: a. the responsibility for the care of the person or financial management of the resources of the vulnerable adult as a result of a family relationship, b. assumed the responsibility for the care of the vulnerable adult voluntarily, by contract, or as a result of the ties of friendship, or c. been appointed a guardian, limited guardian, or conservator pursuant to the Oklahoma Guardianship and Conservatorship Act.



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