June 13, 2013
According to a recent report, over 700 cases of nursing home abuse were filed last year in Williamson County, Texas. A total of 500 residents associated with these cases were confirmed as victims.
Per the Texas Department of Family and Children Services, between 2011 and 2012, 514 victims were found to have suffered from nursing home abuse, and in nearby Travis County, another 1,694 victims were determined to have been abused. As a result, state authorities will be holding a candlelight vigil tonight in Georgetown, in an attempt to shine light on the increasing amounts of abuse and neglect occurring in Texas nursing homes. This Saturday also marks the United Nations International Elder Abuse Day.
Beth Engelking, the assistant commissioner for the Texas Adult Protective Services (APS), suggest that everyone should be involved and should also understand the warning signs of abuse:
“Everyone needs to know how to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and to report them when you see them,” said Engelking.
Per APS, over 59,000 confirmed cases of nursing home abuse occurred last year, in Texas alone. In Texas, there is an estimated population of 2.4 million people ages 65 and older. Many of these citizens reside in area nursing homes.
The candlelight vigil will be held tonight at the St. John’s United Methodist Church off of East Avenue.
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