ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to help prevent senior citizen abuse.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, directs the New York State Office for Aging to develop guidelines to assist healthcare providers and others working in healthcare settings to identify suspected self-neglect, abuse and maltreatment of older adults.
“Many instances of elder abuse are never reported because the victim is afraid, embarrassed, or tries to protect their abuser,” Assemblywoman Lupardo said in a press release. “These new guidelines will allow people who regularly interact with seniors to know exactly how to identify potential abuse and the process for reporting cases. As our aging population continues to grow, it’s important that we focus on these types of protections."
Assemblywoman Lupardo's office says guidelines may include identifying common signs and symptoms of abuse, new screening tools and questions that can be used during visits for detection.