Legislation to protect your elderly family members, whether they live with loved ones or in nursing facilities, has faltered in the last decade. According to Forbes, since the creation of the Elder Justice Act, a serious lack of funding has put a stranglehold on measures that would otherwise bolster the needs of public programs that assist the elderly, such as Adult Protective Services.
There are several possible reasons for this underfunding.
Background of the Elder Justice Act
The Elder Justice Act passed in March of 2010 and took nearly a decade to receive support from lawmakers. The law, designed to protect the elderly from different kinds of abuse, included legislation that would take advantage of modern forensics to bolster proof for neglect and abuse cases. However, despite the passing of the law itself, some of the proposed actions within it have yet to take form.
Possible problems with funding
While the Elder Justice act could possibly help thousands of elderly individuals fight back against abuse and neglect, especially in nursing facilities, the lack of funding continues to affect legislation. There are several possible reasons for this stall, including:
- A lack of focus on elder abuse
- A lack of firm data
- An absence of support from other abuse coalitions
While some lawmakers believe data is lacking, supporters of the act assert that reports of elder abuse have doubled since it passed into law.
The House of Representatives recently passed a funding bill to support this act. While it may reduce the number of abuse incidents, you can protect your loved one by recognizing his or her rights while living in an assisted living or nursing facility.