Assessment Resources and Coordination

Assessment Resources

Older persons involved in elder abuse cases may have physical, emotional or cognitive impairments or other issues that could have implications for the court's actions and outcomes for the person. For example, the person may have cognitive impairments that diminish his or her capacity to provide testimonial evidence. The person might have health problems that interfere with his or her ability to function independently or take adequate safety precautions. The court can call upon the expertise of professionals to assist the court in taking actions that are most appropriate for a particular individual. (See Prosecuting Elder Abuse Cases: Basic Tools and Strategies, a component of the Elder Abuse Toolkit for Prosecutors, for lists of potential experts for particular types of issues.)

A number of tools have been developed for assessing older adults, including the following:

Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation: A Benchcard for Judges suggests that judges consider using the following resources in particular areas of assessment:

Other Resources