‘It’s everyone’s business’ to report abuse of elderly
During the month of May, Adult Protective Services (APS) is reminding all Texans to do their part in the battle against abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and adults with disabilities.
Here are some examples of cases that APS gets involved with in Hays County on a regular basis.
A 70-year-old woman is reported to be bruised and beaten. She is frightened, ashamed and doesn't feel safe in her own home.
An 85-year-old man can't afford to turn on his air conditioner during the hot summer months. He doesn't own a fan and keeps all his windows closed because he lives in a high crime neighborhood.
An elderly man is found wandering the streets and appears unsure of where he is or where his home might be. His elderly wife, who reports him missing, has been trying hard to care for him but she is having trouble caring for him by herself.
APS can help provide or arrange for services to help these vulnerable adults. But we can only help if we know about them.
In FY 2012 in Hays County there were over 200 cases of abuse/neglect of the elderly or disabled; more than half had confirmed victims.
As a community and as individuals, join APS this May to "protect the unprotected" by reaching out to those at risk.
To report suspected abuse or neglect, or financial exploitation please call )800) 252-5400 or www.txabusehotline.org