Protecting the Elderly
Senator West moved quickly to protect seniors after a 2002 federal study revealed that nearly 90 percent of Texas nursing homes were found to have violations that were potentially dangerous to elderly residents.  His legislation expanded the list of criminal offenses that bar employment at nursing facilities and required owners and employees of nursing homes to report all observed instances of abuse and neglect to health officials and law enforcement.                                                               

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
With more and more grandparents taking on the responsibility of being the primary caretaker of their grandchildren, we know that limited and fixed incomes can be stretched to the breaking point.  That’s why Senator West passed legislation giving a one time financial grant of $1,000 to any person over 50 that suddenly finds themselves caring for their grandchildren.