January 22, 2013
With reports of elder and nursing home abuse increasing across the state of California, a new law has been put in place mandating new ways for individuals to report the crime.
According to Robert D’Amico of Shasta Adult Protective Services, not only do people have to report the abuse to California’s patient advocate obudman’s office, but they are now also required to report each incident to the police.
The new law was brought after an influx of nursing home abuse reports made public by the advocate group, ProPublica. The reports state that the elderly in California are being abused not only physically, but physically and mentally as well. In one local California city in particular, Shasta County, the rates of abuse are higher than average in the state.
Andy Tenney, the operator of Oak River Rehab in Anderson, is happy with the new law, and believes it will help stop a lot of the nursing abuse problems in the state:
“So I think it is a good thing; it does not affect us that much because we have been reporting to all the agencies as it was up front,” Tenney said.
Regardless if elder abuse happens in a nursing home or in the privacy of a residential home, anyone who witnesses or is told about the abuse must immediately call law enforcement officials. In addition, Adult Protective Services suggests consulting with a California nursing home abuse lawyer so that the loved ones of victims can also weigh out civil charges options.