Protecting the state’s senior residents from harm, neglect or exploitation is the focus of Texas laws enforced by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. The efforts of law enforcement agencies are directed toward protecting elderly residents living in their homes or in long-term care facilities from physical, verbal or emotional abuse and from financial exploitation.
Elder abuse is defined in Chapter 48 of the Texas Human Resources Code. Some of the most common forms of abuse include the following:
Elder neglect occurs when a caretaker withholds or fails to provide services and goods that are needed by an older resident to avoid harm or pain.
Elderly residents are susceptible to being taken advantage of by caretakers in whom they place their trust. The unauthorized use of an elderly person’s assets for the personal benefit of a caretaker is illegal in Texas.
Sometimes, family members, caretakers, nursing homes or health care workers might take control of a senior’s assets through deception, coercion, fraudulent acts or other means that rely upon a relationship developed between with the elderly person. Some of the more common situations of financial exploitation include:
Bank employees who get to know the habits of their elderly customers frequently spot situations that could signal financial exploitation. Signs of potential exploitation include the following:
If you have been accused of abusing or neglecting an elderly person in Texas, dial 713-862-8880 and talk to Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law.