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.