Protecting the rights of the elderly in Texas
There are about 2.4 million people in Texas who are 65 years or older. As Texas’s population continues to age, the Texas Attorney General is responsible for administering a series of rights specifically aimed at serving and protecting seniors. The Attorney General is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and senior care issues.
In addition to all the rights and privileges afforded to the residents of San Antonio and throughout the entire state of Texas, there are a set of elder laws on the books to specifically protect Texans aged 60 and older.
Section 102.003 of the Texas Human Resources code explains all the details of these specific laws which include:
- Right to be Free to Exercise Civil Rights Under the Law
- Right to Dignity and Respect
- Right to Designate a Guardian or Representative
- Right to be Free from Physical or Mental Abuse
- Right to Communicate and Complain Regarding Treatment, Care or Services
- Right to Privacy
- Right to Participate in Activities
- Right to Manage Financial Affairs
- Right to Access and Confidentiality of Records
- Right to Information and Choice Regarding Medical Conditions and Care
- Right to Keep Possessions
- Right to Refuse to Perform Services
- Right to Information About Benefits
- Right to Remain with a Chosen Service Provider
- Right to Make Other Legal Decisions and Documents
In many instances, in addition to actions taken by the Texas Attorney General, seniors or their representatives may be able to take legal action to seek reparations against individuals or organizations who have committed abuse, fraud, financial crimes or other acts that have caused harm to seniors.
The Voeller Law Firm proudly serves San Antonio, Bexar County, Schertz, Garden Ridge and nearby Texas communities.