In general, the aim of the appointment of an agent is the performance of a service for the principal, but many besides agents perform services for another.
One must therefore consider other characteristics when identifying the nature of agency.
It can also include financial abuse (misuse of a person’s funds), neglect (failure to attend to basic needs), and general mistreatment (isolation, physical and chemical restraints, and so on).
The latter, however, refers to instances of purely juristic representation: Representation entails one person's performing a juristic act on behalf of another.
What if I am not certain that abuse or neglect has occurred? If you are not certain that abuse or neglect has occurred, it is recommended that you file a report.
The standard for reporting suspected abuse or neglect in Massachusetts is reasonable cause to believe which means that you need to have only a " mere suspicion" that abuse or neglect has occurred, in order to report it.
How do I make a report of suspected abuse to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission?
If you suspect that a person with a disability is being abused or neglected you should call the Hotline at the Disabled Persons Protection Commission.