Nation lacking in elder abuse response – HHS official

United States Health and Human Services Department assistant secretary for aging Kathy Greenlee demanded more attention be given to the nation’s older citizens, especially since she claims elder abuse is rampant in the United States, reports MySanAntonio.com.

Greenlee spoke at the annual state Adult Protective Services Conference on Wednesday, November 19 in San Antonio. At the conference, Greenlee told attendees that she is crafting a plan to highlight the needs of senior citizens at the federal level. Her team has already instituted a program in Texas that screens for elder abuse and another that aims to increase medication compliance and decrease isolation among the demographic.

Data from the National Adult Protective Services Association showed that one in nine senior citizens are being abused, neglected, or exploited. If a senior loved one has experienced any form of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in the nursing home in Texas, ensure that the nursing facility is held responsible for its actions by pursuing legal action with the help of our attorneys from Hotze & Runkle, PLLC. Call our offices today at (877) 919-0830.