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Boback’s Legislation to Protect Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities Heads to Senate
6/13/2012
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Columbia/Wyoming) to protect the well-being of seniors in long-term care facilities across the Commonwealth today passed 196-2 in the House and heads to the Senate for consideration.

"My legislation would require long-term care facilities to provide a written notice to a consumer and their designated person at least 30 days prior to an involuntary relocation of a consumer,” said Boback. “It would further strengthen coordination with the local area agencies on aging and the ombudsmen to ensure that the consumer's long-term care needs will continue to be met.”

House Bill 528 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.

“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 for all Pennsylvanians,” said Boback, who also serves a member of the Luzerne County Elder Abuse Task Force.

Last week, the House unanimously passed her resolution marking Friday, June 15, 2012, as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.”

“It’s appalling to know that 18,000 elder abuse reports were made to the Department of Aging last year, and even more alarming that hundreds of additional cases are believed to go unreported each year,” said Boback.

Boback urges any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned to 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 www.RepBoback.com.

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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