Elder abuse is defined in Wisconsin law, Chapter 46.90. When a person age 60 or older is subjected to any of these types of abuse or neglect, it is elder abuse.
Any individual who is 18 years old and considered to be an Adult-At-Risk is "any adult who has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs his or her ability for his or her needs who has experienced, is currently experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation.
- Physical abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or unreasonable confinement. It includes but is not limited to, beating, choking or burning, inappropriate medication, or tying or locking a person up. It also includes sexual abuse, which occurs when a person has been forced, tricked, threatened, or otherwise coerced into sexual contact against one's will.
- Material abuse, sometimes called financial abuse or exploitation, is the misuse of an elder's money or property. It includes deception, diverting income, mismanagement of funds, and taking money or possessions against a person's will, knowledge, consent, or understanding.
- Neglect occurs when a caregiver's failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, and medical or dental care results in significant danger to the physical or mental health of an older person in his/her care.
- Self-neglect means a significant danger to an elder person's physical or mental health because the elder person is unable to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, and medical or dental care.