Prevention of increasing elder abuse

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:31am

If you are an elder, or know one in the Lower Valley area, keep a watchful eye out. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has made it a point to note that every year, abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly is increasing.

“In Cameron County, we had approximately 1,600 cases of reported abuse, neglect and exploitation, and out of those cases, we validated a little over 1000 cases.”

Adult Protective Services has a very specific and aggressive approach to the prevention of elderly abuse.

“The case gets assigned to an investigator. The investigator is required to make an initial face-to-face with the client. They make a home assessment, they make talk to other individuals who have information about the suspected abuse or neglect and if necessary, we go ahead and offer services.”

The use of technology has also been a major factor in helping caseworkers report incidents of abuse.

"With new technology like smart phones and tablets, investigators can document their cases quicker and expedite response times in case of an emergency."

But if you're not a case worker, and just so happen to scope out maltreatment of older people, there are measures you can take to resolve the situation.

“They can take a very active part in actually making a report into our hotline and that number is 1-800-252-5400."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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