Vulnerable Adults


Vulnerable adults are people who are at greater than normal risk of abuse. Older people, especially those who are unwell, frail, confused and unable either to stand up for themselves or keep track of their affairs, are vulnerable.

Abuse can happen to older people in their home, in hospital, nursing and residential homes.  Older people who are most at risk of abuse at home include:

  • Those who are isolated and don’t have much contact with friends, family or neighbours
  • People with memory problems or difficulty communicating with others
  • People who don’t get on with their carer
  • Those whose carer is addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • People whose carer depends on them for a home and financial and emotional support.

Other vulnerable adults include people who are open to abuse because of learning difficulties, physical disabilities or mental illness.

If you know a vulnerable adult who is being mistreated, neglected or harmed or you want further information contact the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Tel: (028) 9266 5181 ext 4544 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Out of Hours (028) 9056 5444

You can also contact Age NI Advice and Advocacy Services:

Tel: 0808 808 7575