During the 2016 Legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that will allow the already existing CNA Registry to now accept complaints about CNAs in all settings. Previously, the Registry maintained by the Department of Community Health (DCH), only accepted complaints on licensed CNAs working in licensed facilities. Beginning July 1, 2016 DCH will have to respond to complaints on CNAs that work in home and community based settings. In addition, DCH will also have to make the Registry more prominent and easy to find on their website since the tool is accessible to the public as well as employers of CNAs. This is a big step in protecting seniors from caregivers that have a history of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of vulnerable populations. You can read the full bill here.
Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation are the 21st century plagues on vulnerable populations like seniors. Because our elder population is growing, unfortunately so is elder abuse. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that's only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported. (Source: NCEA) We have decided to dedicate a page to Elder Abuse to keep you informed on what is going on locally as well as nationally on this issue. Awareness is increasing, but we have a long way to go to prevent the crimes and to prosecute the perpetrators. Stay informed by visiting this page for updates.