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6 Pa. Code § 15.92. Assessment.

§ 15.92. Assessment.

 (a)  When a report is substantiated by the agency, or if an assessment is necessary to determine whether or not the report is substantiated, the agency shall, with the consent of the older adult, provide for a timely assessment. If the older adult does not consent, the agency may apply §  15.61 or §  15.71 (relating to access to persons; and involuntary intervention by emergency court order).

 (b)  The protective services caseworker shall make face-to-face contact with the older adult to evaluate and document information including the following:

   (1)  Personal appearance.

   (2)  Physical environment.

   (3)  Physical health.

   (4)  Mental functioning.

   (5)  Activities of daily living.

   (6)  Social environment.

   (7)  Economic status—including eligibility for public and private entitlements or resources as defined under §  15.2 (relating to definitions).

   (8)  Nutrition.

   (9)  Recent experiences—losses, separations, major changes in relationships or environments.

   (10)  The need for a formal medical or psychiatric evaluation.

 (c)  The assessment shall be written and include, whenever possible, older adult-given information for each area of functioning.

 (d)  The assessment shall be written so that the reader can determine which information came from the older adult and which constitutes the worker’s judgment.

 (e)  The assessment shall be written in a standard format as required by the Department. Data entries shall be based on commonly accepted and defined nomenclature to make the data more usable across and within agencies and to ensure that older adults are evaluated uniformly according to the standardized definitions.


   The provisions of this §  15.92 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228916) to (228917).

Cross References

   This section cited in 6 Pa. Code §  15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act).

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