In recent years expanded awareness of adult abuse of the elderly and disabled has dramatically increased reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In fact, in 2004 Adult Protective Services (APS) investigated 61,342 cases and of these 44.694 cases were confirmed as abuse.
- Abuse includes scratches, cuts, bruises, burns, broken bones, bedsores, confinement, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse.
- Neglect includes starvation, dehydration, improper medication, unsanitary living conditions, lack of heat, water, electricity, medical care, and personal hygiene.
- Exploitation is the misuse of the assets of the elderly or disabled for personal or financial gain and includes: taking Social Security or other benefit checks, abusing a joint checking account, and taking ownership of property and other resources.
Often abused elderly or disabled adults are isolated, sick, have no reliable caregiver, and lack the resources necessary for basic living expenses. In bona fide cases of abuse, the APS can offer valuable help and assistance to abused adults and greatly improve the situation.
However, the elderly may also find themselves in a nightmare of good intentions perpetrated by individuals who believe they are helping. The harrowing story of the Kidds is yet to be resolved and meanwhile, they have lost control of their home, their financial resources and in essence their personal freedoms. Because they did not have a caregiver or family member looking out for their best interests the state was able to overrule their decisions about their own lives.
Get Immediate Legal Advice
If you or a loved one has been subjected to improper intervention by APS contact an experienced Texas family law attorney immediately. A skillful attorney can represent you in court and protect your rights and interests. Contact Pfister Family Law online or call (972) 370-5172 today to schedule a consultation.