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Boback’s Legislation to Protect Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities Passes in House Committee
HARRISBURG – Working to maintain the safety and well-being of seniors in long-term care facilities across the Commonwealth, legislation authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Columbia/Wyoming) recently passed unanimously in the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee to require advanced notification of patient transfers between long-term care facilities and local area agencies on aging.

“This crucial piece of legislation developed out of concerns in my area where a personal care home resident was transferred from a facility in one county to another and, due to inadequate care and lack of communication between facilities and the local area agencies on aging, the resident died,” said Boback. “This story is absolutely heartbreaking and totally unacceptable, and it’s my hope that this legislation takes a giant step forward to ensure this will never happen again in Pennsylvania.”

The coordination of efforts between facilities and agencies ensures the protection of the health and safety of patients and helps make sure that patient transfers are safe processes. More specifically, this legislation would help make sure that local area agencies on aging would have the information they need to use their resources in the best interests of older Pennsylvanians.

This legislation now heads to the full House for consideration.

Similarly, Boback’s resolution marking June 15, 2012, as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Pennsylvania” recently passed unanimously in the House. Approximately 18,000 elder abuse reports were made to the Department of Aging last year and hundreds of additional cases are believed to go unreported each year.

“As a member of the Luzerne County Elder Abuse Task Force, I understand the importance of working together with state and local law enforcement, the district attorney and the Area Agency on Aging to create a comprehensive team to combat elder abuse and protect these vulnerable citizens,” said Boback.

Any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned may call the statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505, which is open 24 hours per day.

For more legislative information, visit Boback’s website at

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
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