Congress is now considering HB 6064, called the National Silver Alert Act. The Act would establish a national “Silver Alert” communications network that would assist in search efforts for missing seniors on a national and local level. The Act would also assign a Silver Alert Coordinator in the Department of Justice to coordinate the Silver Alert network with the states and would provide for grant funding to individual states to support these efforts. Hopefully, this Act can improve state resources for finding missing seniors. This problem affects nursing homes frequently; elopement is a growing problem in nursing home abuse and neglect cases where residents’ movements are not supervised or controlled. Eloping and wandering nursing home residents often are found injured when they leave the nursing home and cannot provide for themselves.
Read the full text of the Act here.