APS investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities and who live in the community. Any adult who has a disability or who is age 65 or older that is in a state of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may be eligible to receive adult protective services. Victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may get short-term help with shelter, home repairs, food, transportation, managing money, medical care, home healthcare services, and mental health services. Abuse may cause various injuries such as scratches, cuts, bruises, burns, broken bones, or bedsores. It can also result in confinement, rape or sexual misconduct, and verbal or psychological abuse.
Harris County Launches Innovative Program To Help Seniors Who Are Victims Of Abuse
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Harris County is launching a first of its kind initiative in Texas to help senior citizens who are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Harris County Senior Justice Assessment Center will offer medical exams, case management and treatment referrals all in one place. In , there were more than 11, investigations of abuse of seniors in our county, according to data provided by the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults. Even so, Doctor Carmel Dyer, who works for UTHealth , which will provide the doctors that will work for the center, says these cases are underreported and that is why the program will be useful. The creators of the program hope that sharing the records of victims more effectively will also improve the case management and the investigations. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. Production Staging.
Our seniors are sometimes victimized and they are not always able to report the maltreatment. This is a timely reminder of just how much our senior citizen population means to us. We must ensure that they are protected and revered in their golden years.
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