New York bill helps protect against elder abuse

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Governor Cuomo signed into law on Wednesday a bill that will serve to protect against elder abuse. 

The bill requires the Office for the Aging, along with the Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services, to develop guidelines to assist healthcare providers to identify suspected self-neglect, abuse, and maltreatment of people age 60 and older. 

The bill specifies that the guidelines shall include, but not be limited to: 

  • Common signs and symptoms
  • Screening tools
  • Questions that can be used during visits for detection
  • Training materials for distribution to healthcare providers and others in healthcare settings
  • Information regarding options for reporting suspected cases of self-neglect or abuse and maltreatment
  • Available resources for older adult victims.

The legislation went into effect immediately. 

The bill can be read in it’s entirety, here

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