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