Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT)

The Weill Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian’s Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT) is a first-of-its-kind ED/hospital-based multi-disciplinary team to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. VEPT is a consultation service available 24/7 to assess, treat, and ensure the safety of elder mistreatment victims while also collecting evidence when appropriate and working closely with the authorities. Similar to the child protection teams which exist in many hospitals, the VEPT’s goal is to increase identification, appropriate intervention, and reporting of elder mistreatment while also decreasing the burden on ED and hospital providers in managing these complex and challenging cases.

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Our Mission

To improve care and ensure safety for victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation through a hospital-based, multi-disciplinary team approach.

Our Vision

For healthcare systems and hospitals to:

  • Improve and prioritize identification, intervention and prevention of elder mistreatment
  • Collaborate with community-based organizations and play a central role in communities’ response to elder mistreatment and the pursuit of justice

Addressing Elder Abuse

Addressing Elder Abuse

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Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation are common and have serious consequences. The Emergency Department offers an ideal opportunity to identify and intervene. Click here to learn more about how we assess for and intervene on elder abuse.