Officials with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) remind residents that May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to check on elderly friends and neighbors.
“Abuse may get the headlines, but one of the most common situations we encounter is self-neglect,” said Grace Ortiz, Community Engagement Specialist for Adult Protective Services (APS).
“Sometimes when people become ill or depressed, they quit trying or simply can’t care for themselves without some help. That’s when someone needs to make a call to the Texas Abuse Hotline.”
In the El Paso area, APS investigated the situations of 3,907 people who were living at home and found that 2,565 of them suffered one or more forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation. APS officials add that self-neglect was at least one factor for most of those people.
Statewide, APS found over 51,000 residents were abused or neglected. APS’ job is to investigate these situations and connect people with the services in their communities they need.
Residents can earn how to recognize adult abuse, neglect and exploitation at EveryonesBusiness.org.
State law requires anyone who suspects adult abuse, neglect or financial exploitation to report it -anonymously if necessary – to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or online.