Who is considered an "individual at risk" or an "elder adult at risk"?
An “individual at risk” is any adult who:
- has a physical or mental condition that substantially (significantly) impairs his/her ability to care for his/her needs; and
- is experiencing, has experienced, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.1
An individual at risk is also referred to as an “adult at risk.”
An “elder adult at risk” is any person 60 years of age or older who is experiencing, has experienced or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.2Note: Elder adults at risk are allowed to participate in hearings by telephone or through an internet streaming service,3 such as Zoom.
1 Wis. Stat. § 813.123(1)
2 Wis. Stat. § 46.90(1)(br)
3 Wis. Stat. § 813.123(6g)