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Now’s The Right Time To End Elder Abuse

November 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

There’s no time like the present, right?

So let’s end elder abuse. Let’s start today and continue in the coming legislative session.

State Rep. Joni Jenkins has pre-filed BR 202, which would:

Amend KRS 209.990 to provide a civil remedy with treble damages for use against persons who are convicted of exploitation of an adult and fail to return the victim’s property within 30 days of an order by the sentencing court to do so; amend KRS 381.280 to include the commission of a felony under KRS Chapter 209 among the offenses that trigger an offender’s forfeiture of the right to inherit property from the victim of the offense; direct that any escheated property be directed to the elder and vulnerable victims trust fund; create a new section of KRS Chapter 41 to establish the elder and vulnerable victims trust fund to provide funding for programs combating elder and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.

While I think the proposed legislation has tons of room for improvement, it’s a great jumping off point. I’ve heard from dozens of Republicans jumping on board along with several Democrats. Both in the House and the Senate.

It’s time for our legislature to step up. Kentucky must put an end to abuse of the elderly and those others who are most vulnerable. Be it physical abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. That crap should be more criminal than it is. It’s usually loved ones who do the most damage. The very people responsible for providing care and handling money. And unless a family already has tons of cash or is well-connected, it’s tough to protect those in need.

The sick and the elderly get tossed in a nursing home to rot far too often, neglected, ignored. Those no longer in a capacity to make decisions for themselves get cashed out and their entire livelihoods spent by family members and caregivers more frequently than you could imagine. And when they die – after they’ve robbed them blind and mangled their affairs – these disgusting family members collect the life insurance and assets and move along like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s as bad as child abuse.

Tags: Frustration · Giving Back

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wyatt_Earl // Nov 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Do the state rest home inspectors still give the homes the “courtesy” of calling before they come?

  • 2 Billy Taylor // Nov 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    There should be mandatory jail terms attached to this bill before it is passed. It is the same as a gun crime when you’re abusing a defenseless person.

  • 3 Anonymous // Nov 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I hope this legislation passes and that it’s RETROACTIVE.

  • 4 Anonymous // Nov 29, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Something also needs to be done with the scam of prison inmates being able to call elderly people anytime they want, day or night. The phone charges are enormous, and it upsets the elderly people so much. And when the inmate gets the elder on the phone, they scare them into responding like robots and putting money in the mail asap for them. It’s AWFUL and goes on way more often than any of us would like to admit. It is a PROBLEM, and unconscienably SICK. It’s almost like getting a baby to give you their candy. Seriously. Except the psychological fallout from the calls from prison inmates is so great upon the elderly…They can never really hang up from that call. It worries them to DEATH. And the inmate on the other end of that call could not care any less…as long as they get some $ in their canteen account.
    I would like to see canteen accounts made public record. Too many inmates run scams on well meaning people these days. I don’t know any good reason why canteen accounts should NOT be public record. Show us what the inmate has on his books. Why not? We taxpayers are paying his/her room and board! So I think we should have access to their finances on record with the institution. Period.