California’s Governor has signed a package of bills that will ensure care facilities for the elderly are prepared during disasters and power outages, provide law enforcement with more tools to ensure criminals who victimize the elderly are prosecuted and further protect against different forms of financial abuse. The bill ensures elderly residents living in residential care facilities are not left vulnerable during and immediately following a natural disaster or other emergency. The bill requires residential care facilities for the elderly have a comprehensive emergency plan by March 1, 2009 that ensures the facility can remain self-reliant for at least 72 hours. The facility must also make the plan available to residents and local emergency responders. Additionally the bill requires long-term care facilities to report cases of alleged or suspected physical abuse, including sexual abuse, and financial abuse to the local district attorney’s office. To read the full story, click here.