Who is a Vulnerable Adult?

Age 18 or older, and either:

  • Categorical “vulnerable adult” may include any person who is a resident or patient of a facility such as a hospital, group home, nursing home, or adult foster care home; or a person who receives services during the day from an agency, licensed/certified by Minnesota Department of Human Services or Minnesota Department of Health, such as a home-care agency or personal care services provider.
  • Functional “vulnerable adult” includes a person who possesses a physical or mental infirmity or other physical, mental or emotional dysfunction that impairs the individual’s ability to provide adequately for his/her own care without assistance, AND because of the dysfunction or infirmity and the need for assistance, the individual has an impaired ability to protect him or herself from maltreatment.