You can prevent theft by:

  • Checking references
  • Paying attention to background checks
  • Keeping track of money and valuables
  • Being careful with checks and credit cards
  • Keeping track of medications
  • Being careful about the use of your car
  • Being careful with house and car keys

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

It is important to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and avoid these problems whenever possible.

It is important to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation immediately. Suspected cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly person or an adult with a disability must be reported immediately to DFPS.

How to Recognize Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Report abuse
1-800-252-5400 
www.txabusehotline.org

Physical signs

  • Injury that has not been cared for properly

  • Injury that is inconsistent with explanation for its cause

  • Pain from touching

  • Cuts, puncture wounds, burns, bruises, welts

  • Dehydration or malnutrition without illness-related cause

  • Poor coloration

  • Sunken eyes or cheeks

  • Inappropriate administration of medication

  • Soiled clothing or bedding

  • Frequent use of hospital or health care/doctor-shopping

  • Lack of necessities such as food, water, or utilities

  • Lack of personal effects, pleasant living environment, personal items

  • Forced isolation

Behavioral Signs

  • Fear

  • Anxiety, agitation

  • Anger

  • Isolation, withdrawal

  • Depression

  • Non-responsiveness, resignation, ambivalence

  • Contradictory statements, implausible stories

  • Hesitation to talk openly

  • Confusion or disorientation

Signs by Caregiver

  • Prevents contact with friends or family

  • Anger, indifference, aggressive behavior

  • History of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior, or family violence

  • Lack of affection

  • Flirtation or coyness as possible indicator of inappropriate sexual relationship

  • Conflicting accounts of incidents

  • Withholds affection

  • Talks of caregiving as a burden

Signs of Financial Abuse

  • Frequent expensive gifts from individual to caregiver

  • Missing personal belongings, papers, credit cards

  • Numerous unpaid bills

  • A recent will when individual seems incapable of writing will

  • Caregiver’s name added to bank account

  • Individual unaware of own monthly income

  • Individual signs on loan

  • Frequent checks made out to “cash”

  • Unusual activity in bank account

  • Irregularities on tax return

  • Individual unaware of reason for appointment with banker or attorney

  • Caregiver’s refusal to spend money on individual

  • Signatures on checks or legal documents that do not resemble individual’s

If you suspect that you are being abused, neglected or exploited by your provider, call your case manager or service coordinator immediately and call the DFPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.