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Legislation To Protect Elderly Patients From Abuse

Recently the Senate Finance Committee passed the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act which establishes a nationwide system of background checks to stop criminals from working in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. The bill is now going before the full Senate. Senator Clinton, a sponsor of the bill, stated that the legislation takes important steps to safeguard citizens and give peace of mind to their families. The legislation puts in place a system of background checks and encourages federal and state coordination. It will utilize the FBI’s national database and state police records in order to effectively screen potential care-givers for criminal history. The legislation comes at an important time when many nursing home employees have been both physically and sexually assaulting residents. To read the full story, click here.