Adult Protective Services Ethics and Best Practice Guidelines
The concerns of elders and dependent adults are the starting point of any intervention. From there...
Elders and dependent adults:
- Have the right to make decisions that do not conform to societal norms as long as these decisions do not harm themselves or others.
- Are presumed to have decision making capacity unless a court adjudicates otherwise.
- Have the right to accept or refuse services.
Adult Protective Services social workers:
- Avoid imposing personal values on elders and dependent adults.
- Respect the elder's and dependent adult’s right to keep personal information confidential.
- Recognize and value individual differences including cultural, historical and personal beliefs of elders and dependent adults.
- Honor the right of elders and dependent adults to receive information about their choices and options in a form or manner that they can understand.