Have you read the report by the US Senate's Special Commission on Aging? They identified the top 10 frauds that target our seniors across the country. Here is the list that they compiled:
We've all heard of kidnapping, but what in the world is "granny snatching"?! Read more from our Throwback Thursday post below!Information taken from Daily Local News article written on 7/23/2012 by Janet M. Colliton. Full story can be found by clicking this link.
Wow, what a great idea to help our state's nursing home residents during the holiday season! A Doylestown-based nonprofit organization called Wrapping Presence recently spent the day helping area nursing home residents pick out gifts from new and donated items to wrap for Christmas and Hanukkah presents. This is a really special service, especially for those residents who cannot physically or mentally get to a store, pick out presents for their family and friends, and stand in line. The staff at the nursing home spent several weeks ahead of time figuring out what their residents may be interested in giving as gifts, and tried to coordinate the donations to meet their wishes. The donations of gifts and money towards gifts had been a year-long fundraising process, culminating with this event where the seniors were able to pick out their gifts. The event was arranged with the help of over 650 volunteers who work with 19 nursing homes in the Doylestown area.
In our second week, it's Throwback Thursday on our blog! Take some time to read one of our most popular blogs form several years ago. It highlights the important issue of elder abuse on the national scale! Please read the original article below:
What is your opinion? Do security cameras in nursing homes work to help or harm residents that are under watch? One recent article on PublicSource.com, a website devoted to Pennsylvania news, took a look at this issue. According to their report, some PA seniors are currently unable to use video cameras as a way to connect with the outside world. According to some nursing home owners and staff, they feel that cameras may intrude upon the privacy of other residents and the employees. However, this also deprives residents of a way to maintain contact with friends and family outside of their room through the use of videochatting and other similar media activities. This is complicated by the fact that Pennsylvania does not have clear video surveillance laws for nursing home and assisted living facilities. As stated in the article, " Pennsylvania doesn't have regulations pertaining to cameras in nursing homes. A state wiretapping statute forbids audio recording without the consent of all parties; video is fine, though. Federal guidelines prioritize residents' rights, but there are conflicting interpretations." This creates a sticky situation for family and friends of loved ones in nursing homes who not only want them to be able to connect with the outside world, but also know that they are being watched for instances of abuse and neglect. What are your thoughts?
In the Harrisburg area, a lead detective has been commissioned whose sole job is to investigate elder abuse cases. The new detective was formerly a police officer in State College and also supervised the area's Department of Aging. Dauphin County has an excellent reputation across the state for their Elder Abuse Task Force, in which there were 450 reported elder abuse cases last year. This represents over a 150% increase in reports over the past ten years.
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