Center for Elder Law & Justice Launches “Risk Detector” App

Risk Detector


The Center for Elder Law & Justice has introduced the Legal Risk Detector App, a legal health check-up tool for housing, consumer, financial exploitation and health care issues.

“Many people in our community face legal problems that threaten the essentials of life:  housing, health care, income, and more,” said Karen L. Nicholson, chief executive officer of the Center for Elder Law & Justice.  “The Legal Risk Detector App will play an instrumental role in the early detection of these issues faced by older adults, people with disabilities and other members of our community who have difficulty accessing resources.”

“Too many times our office investigates cases of elder abuse when the harm’s already been done,” said Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. “We support this new and innovative tool to prevent exploitation before it escalates and allow us to deliver seniors the justice they deserve.”

“The Risk Detector app is a great example of how community-based nonprofit organizations and government can work together to develop new and innovative ways to meet the challenges of our aging population, said Timothy Hogues, Erie County Commission of Senior Services. “The Risk Detector app is effective and easy to use, which makes it a great tool for the Department of Senior Services case managers.

The Legal Risk Detector App is a free program that service providers can use to screen seniors for potential legal issues. Referrals are sent directly to the Center for Elder Law & Justice once the assessment is complete. The app is a web-based legal health “check-up” tool that allows medical personnel, social workers, and other allied professionals to screen older adults, including home bound people, for common legal issues, including abuse and financial exploitation.
The Legal Risk Detector app is designed for use on tablets, laptops and mobile devices. It covers financial exploitation, consumer, housing and health care matters, and is designed to more comprehensively reach and serve a population that is vulnerable to various forms of elder abuse, but difficult to serve through traditional legal services.

Users can choose from “Standard” or “Express” screenings based on the time available during their home visit or other factors, and to capture additional notes about vulnerabilities, for example if the client received a verbal but not written notice of eviction, or if the social worker observed repairs needed in the household.

The Risk Detector provides the advocate with an assessment report that categorizes the client’s risk as “low,” “medium” and “high,” identifies red flag issues, and automatically emails a report to Center for Elder Law & Justice for follow-up and appropriate action.

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