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September 28, 2017

Who is considered a "dependent adult?"

A “dependent adult” means an adult who has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs (greatly weakens) the adult's ability to adequately provide for his/her daily needs. A dependent adult includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • someone who lives in a nursing home;
  • someone who lives in an assisted living facility;
  • someone who was considered a "dependent person" as the victim of the crime called "Endangering welfare of dependent person" (Maine Criminal Code, title 17-A, section 555); or
  • someone who is wholly or partially dependent upon one or more other people for care or support, either emotional or physical, because s/he suffers from a significant limitation in mobility (getting around), vision, hearing or emotional or mental functioning.1

1 ME ST T. 22 § 3472(6)