Current as of: 2010
(a) (1) In this section and §§ 3-605 and 3-606 of this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) (i) "Abuse" means the sustaining of physical pain or injury by a vulnerable adult as a result of cruel or inhumane treatment or as a result of a malicious act under circumstances that indicate that the vulnerable adult’s health or welfare is harmed or threatened.
(ii) "Abuse" includes the sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult.
(iii) "Abuse" does not include an accepted medical or behavioral procedure ordered by a health care provider authorized to practice under the Health Occupations Article or § 13-516 of the Education Article acting within the scope of the health care provider’s practice.
(3) "Caregiver" means a person under a duty to care for a vulnerable adult because of a contractual undertaking to provide care.
(4) "Family member" means a relative of a vulnerable adult by blood, marriage, adoption, or the marriage of a child.
(5) "Household" means the location:
(i) in which the vulnerable adult resides;
(ii) where the abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult is alleged to have taken place; or
(iii) where the person suspected of abusing or neglecting a vulnerable adult resides.
(6) "Household member" means an individual who lives with or is a regular presence in a home of a vulnerable adult at the time of the alleged abuse or neglect.
(7) (i) "Neglect" means the intentional failure to provide necessary assistance and resources for the physical needs of a vulnerable adult, including:
4. essential medical treatment;
5. shelter; or
(ii) "Neglect" does not include the provision of nonmedical remedial care and treatment for the healing of injury or disease that is:
1. given with the consent of the vulnerable adult; and
2. recognized by State law in place of medical treatment.
(8) "Serious physical injury" means physical injury that:
(i) creates a substantial risk of death; or
(ii) causes permanent or protracted serious:
2. loss of the function of any bodily member or organ; or
3. impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
(9) (i) "Sexual abuse" means an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
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