Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Congress recently had congressional hearings about the protection of seniors from Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes. As many of you know, some nursing homes and assisting living facilities were recently fined by the Attorney General's office - including a facility right here in Wilmington. 

This goes beyond party lines. I don't care how you feel about the President, the Senate, or the House. elder abuse is inexcusable, and more needs to be done to help these vulnerable citizens. Although some of these people have children who are looking out for them, it cans till be overwhelming. And many don't have children or anyone looking out for them at all. 

If you want to watch a video of the hearings, go HERE. Also, read some of the congressional statements HERE.  For now, it's all just talk. The president did sign into law The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, which has several goals, specifically:

The goals of the EAPPA are to:

  1. Improve elder abuse data collection at local, state, and federal levels;
  2. Improve law enforcement training and technical assistance regarding elder abuse;
  3. Provide improved victim assistance to victims of elder abuse;
  4. Improve and support federal prosecution of elder abuse; and
  5. Create enhanced penalties for those who engage in telemarketing and email scams targeting elders.

Still, I want to see more action, like the fines that the Mass AG's office just issued.

Congress does allow individuals and organizations to present a written statement, and I intend to do that. If you want to write a letter, urging our congress to take some action, here's how:

Any individual or organization wanting to present their views for inclusion in the hearing record should submit a typewritten, single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length. Title and date of the hearing, and the full name and address of the individual or organization must appear on the first page of the statement. Statements must be received no later than two weeks following the conclusion of the hearing.

Statements should be mailed (not faxed) to:

Senate Committee on Finance
Attn. Editorial and Document Section
Rm. SD-219
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-6200