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Anyone in Texas can file a report in good faith if they suspect an adult with disabilities or who is aged 65 or older is being abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Sometimes, it can be hard to identify abuse because the adult may not be able to tell you what happened or may be an unreliable witness.
The Texas Abuse Hotline is a toll-free, statewide reporting system that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Statewide Intake (SWI) division operates this hotline and an online reporting website (www.TxAbuseHotline.orgExternal Link). Intake workers handle about 175,000 reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults each year.
DFPS evaluates each report, investigates when needed, and provides resources to protect the unprotected.
Helpful Information to have on hand when filing a report includes:
The names, ages, addresses, and phone numbers of those involved.
Details about the alleged perpetrator and if they are a paid or unpaid caretaker (i.e. family member).
Details about the individual’s physical, medical and mental condition.
What activities of daily living does the client require assistance with?
Working directly with the elderly, it is mandatory that the facility reports any form of elder abuse within 24 hours of occurrence. For a nursing facility, a mandatory self-report is required within 5 business days regulatory time frame.
Mandatory report Scenario: A 78 yr. old lady who lives in a semi private room in a long term care facility is seen with multiple bruising to the upper arms in the morning and when asked about what happened she states “the aide was really rough while giving me a shower last night, she looked unhappy helping me. My arms are hurting really bad”.
Texas department of Family and Protective Service (DPFS). How to Report Abuse. Retrieved from https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/APS_Reportin…