November 5, 2011
A new bill aimed at better protecting Michigan nursing home residents from abuse and neglect was approved by the state senate and is also being supported by Governor Rick Snyder.
The overall purpose of the bill is described as an effort to highlight crimes against seniors as well as punish those that commit these crimes.
The bill aims to increase penalties for financial abuse against the elderly, such as embezzlement, and would also require nursing home workers to more thoroughly report abuse or neglect.
The bill also would require police departments to notify local media when nursing home residents are reported missing, in an effort to quickly notify the public about missing vulnerable citizens.
A nursing home abuse lawyer is also crucial in the fight against nursing home abuse as they hold nursing homes accountable for abuse or neglect. We encourage you to contact a nursing home abuse attorney if you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse.