(320 ILCS 20/2)
(from Ch. 23, par. 6602)
As used in this Act, unless the context
(a) "Abuse" means causing any physical, mental or sexual injury to an
eligible adult, including exploitation of such adult's financial resources.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to mean that an eligible adult is a
victim of abuse, neglect, or self-neglect for the sole reason that he or she is being
furnished with or relies upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer
alone, in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church
or religious denomination.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to mean that an eligible adult is a
victim of abuse because of health care services provided or not provided by
licensed health care professionals.
(a-5) "Abuser" means a person who abuses, neglects, or financially
exploits an eligible adult.
(a-7) "Caregiver" means a person who either as a result of a family
relationship, voluntarily, or in exchange for compensation has assumed
responsibility for all or a portion of the care of an eligible adult who needs
assistance with activities of daily
(b) "Department" means the Department on Aging of the State of Illinois.
(c) "Director" means the Director of the Department.
(d) "Domestic living situation" means a residence where the eligible
adult at the time of the report lives alone or with his or her family or a caregiver, or others,
or a board and care home or other community-based unlicensed facility, but
(1) A licensed facility as defined in Section 1-113
of the Nursing Home Care Act;
(1.5) A facility licensed under the ID/DD Community
(1.7) A facility licensed under the Specialized
Mental Health Rehabilitation Act;
(2) A "life care facility" as defined in the Life
(3) A home, institution, or other place operated by
the federal government or agency thereof or by the State of Illinois;
(4) A hospital, sanitarium, or other institution, the
principal activity or business of which is the diagnosis, care, and treatment of human illness through the maintenance and operation of organized facilities therefor, which is required to be licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act;
(5) A "community living facility" as defined in the
Community Living Facilities Licensing Act;
(7) A "community-integrated living arrangement" as
defined in the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act;
(8) An assisted living or shared housing
establishment as defined in the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act; or
(9) A supportive living facility as described in
Section 5-5.01a of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(e) "Eligible adult" means a person 60 years of age or older who
resides in a domestic living situation and is, or is alleged
to be, abused, neglected, or financially exploited by another individual or who neglects himself or herself.
(f) "Emergency" means a situation in which an eligible adult is living
in conditions presenting a risk of death or physical, mental or sexual
injury and the provider agency has reason to believe the eligible adult is
consent to services which would alleviate that risk.
(f-5) "Mandated reporter" means any of the following persons
while engaged in carrying out their professional duties:
(1) a professional or professional's delegate while
engaged in: (i) social services, (ii) law enforcement, (iii) education, (iv) the care of an eligible adult or eligible adults, or (v) any of the occupations required to be licensed under the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act, the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act, the Illinois Dental Practice Act, the Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act, the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Act, the Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Naprapathic Practice Act, the Nurse Practice Act, the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act, the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act, the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, the Pharmacy Practice Act, the Illinois Physical Therapy Act, the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987, the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Respiratory Care Practice Act, the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act, the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004, and the Illinois Public Accounting Act;
(2) an employee of a vocational rehabilitation
facility prescribed or supervised by the Department of Human Services;
(3) an administrator, employee, or person providing
services in or through an unlicensed community based facility;
(4) any religious practitioner who provides treatment
by prayer or spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination, except as to information received in any confession or sacred communication enjoined by the discipline of the religious denomination to be held confidential;
(5) field personnel of the Department of Healthcare
and Family Services, Department of Public Health, and Department of Human Services, and any county or municipal health department;
(6) personnel of the Department of Human Services,
the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, the State Fire Marshal, local fire departments, the Department on Aging and its subsidiary Area Agencies on Aging and provider agencies, and the Office of State Long Term Care Ombudsman;
(7) any employee of the State of Illinois not
otherwise specified herein who is involved in providing services to eligible adults, including professionals providing medical or rehabilitation services and all other persons having direct contact with eligible adults;
(8) a person who performs the duties of a coroner or
(9) a person who performs the duties of a paramedic
or an emergency medical technician.
(g) "Neglect" means
another individual's failure to provide an eligible
adult with or willful withholding from an eligible adult the necessities of
life including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter or health care.
This subsection does not create any new affirmative duty to provide support to
eligible adults. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to mean that an
eligible adult is a victim of neglect because of health care services provided
or not provided by licensed health care professionals.
(h) "Provider agency" means any public or nonprofit agency in a planning
and service area appointed by the regional administrative agency with prior
approval by the Department on Aging to receive and assess reports of
alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.
(i) "Regional administrative agency" means any public or nonprofit
agency in a planning and service area so designated by the Department,
provided that the designated Area Agency on Aging shall be designated the
regional administrative agency if it so requests.
The Department shall assume the functions of the regional administrative
agency for any planning and service area where another agency is not so
(i-5) "Self-neglect" means a condition that is the result of an eligible adult's inability, due to physical or mental impairments, or both, or a diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks that substantially threaten his or her own health, including: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and health care; and obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety. The term includes compulsive hoarding, which is characterized by the acquisition and retention of large quantities of items and materials that produce an extensively cluttered living space, which significantly impairs the performance of essential self-care tasks or otherwise substantially threatens life or safety.
(j) "Substantiated case" means a reported case of alleged or suspected
abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or self-neglect in which a provider agency,
after assessment, determines that there is reason to believe abuse,
neglect, or financial exploitation has occurred.
(Source: P.A. 96-339, eff. 7-1-10; 96-526, eff. 1-1-10; 96-572, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10; 97-38, eff. 6-28-11; 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-300, eff. 8-11-11; 97-706, eff. 6-25-12; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-1141, eff. 12-28-12.)